Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek took a significant step towards making a full recovery from an Achilles’ injury after he has played one hour for the Blues in a behind-closed-doors friendly match on Tuesday.

The versatile midfielder has been out since May after he suffered a major setback during a friendly game against New England Revolution a week prior to their clash against Arsenal in the final.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been forced to undergo a gruelling rehabilitation programme and now he seems to be on his way to make a return to first-team football.

However, the news will come as a huge boost for the Blues fans as they are in need for a quality midfielder.

According the Guardian, the 24-year-old is believed to have shown no ill effects following his pre-planned substitution on the 60 minutes of the games against Brentford’s B team.

Loftus-Cheek, who only made a return to first-team training at the end of last month, will now focus on stepping up his workload at the Blues Cobham base before a possible appearance for the U-23 side.

The 24-year-old midfielder long history of fitness issues means the Blues will continue to handle him with extreme caution, rather than rush him back into the starting XI, despite a recent run of worrying form which has put their top-four hopes under fire.