Loftus-Cheek feeling fitter than ever

Off the back of last season, which was arguably his best yet in terms of staying fit and clear of injury, as well as a promising pre-season at Chelsea so far this year, the 25-year-old says he is in great shape for 2021/22, and possibly even better than before that year-long absence.

‘I feel really fit now and strong, and hopefully the injuries stay away. Last season was my first full injury-free season which is a massive positive for me, because I always used to get niggles.

‘Even though I was fit I’d be out for a week or a couple of days, miss a couple of matches, but last season was good for my body to be fit every training session and available for every game.’

Loftus-Cheek also revealed how his current fitness and confidence is partly down to his desire to come back stronger, inspiring him to work hard on his own during his time off over the summer to ensure he would come back to Chelsea for pre-season already in great condition.

‘My break was relaxed. I had a little bit longer than usual, so I enjoyed it with my family, just mentally and physically. I started doing a bit of training quite early because I felt like I had a lot of time, so that’s why I feel fit now and relaxed and mentally fresh and ready to go.’

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