Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has now stepped up his return from injury.

 

The 24-year-old has been out for so long and has now played his first unofficial game in 9 months as he steps up his fitness by playing in a behind-closed-doors match on Tuesday.

Loftus-Cheek featured for the Chelsea development squad earlier today as Brentford B team won 2-0 with both the goals coming in the second half.

The Chelsea academy product lasted an hour of the friendly against Brentford’s B-team at the Blues’ Cobham training complex.  According to Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson and Dominic Fifield of The Athletic, Loftus-Cheek felt “no ill effects” after the match.

A highlight of the game was on the stroke of half-time when Loftus-Cheek performed his trademark skill as he drove into the box and created space for a shot that whistled just wide.

Loftus-Cheek last played in May, when he ruptured his Achilles in a friendly tie against New England Revolution just before the Europa League final against Arsenal.  Per Twomey, “there’s still no timeframe for Loftus-Cheek’s return to first-team action.