Ruben Loftus-Cheek is looking increasingly likely to leave Chelsea on loan in January after his chances of breaking into Maurizio Sarri’s first-team were dented by a niggling injury he picked up whilst on England duty.
Having returned from the international break at less than 100%, Ruben was named on the bench for last week’s Europa League trip to PAOK but failed to get any minutes, before a further injury setback saw him omitted from the Blues’ 18-man squad altogether for their 0-0 draw away to West Ham last Sunday.
The 23-year-old had hoped to get a starting role against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup this evening but is nowhere near fit enough to take part, leaving him in limbo as to his immediate Chelsea future. The report above mentions that the Lambeth-born midfielder had taken part in discussions over a move away from the club after being left out of the squad to face Arsenal back in August, only for Sarri to tell him that more time was needed on the training pitch was needed before a full assessment over his first-team chances could be made.
To Loftus-Cheek’s credit, he agreed to the Italian’s request but as time continues to drift by, he’ll undoubtedly be looking at the lack of progress he’s made and wondering what his next step should be. Ruben’s desire to succeed at Stamford Bridge is admirable but at 23 and without a single start to his name under Sarri to date, concerns will rightly be raised over his development, having been a regular member of the Palace first-team last term.
Roy Hodgson has made no secret of his desire to bring the England midfielder back into the fold in SE25 should the opportunity present itself. As each day passes, the likelihood of a such a move seems to grow stronger and stronger.