- The Crystal Palace midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, injured ankle in December
- After missing 10 league games, the 22-year-old returned for Palace on March 17
- He was excluded from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the latest friendlies
- No surgery means he is fighting to stake his claim to be on the plane to Russia
Ruben Loftus-Cheek feared for his chances of making the England World Cup squad after injuring his ankle because of the possibility of facing surgery.
The Crystal Palace midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, injured his ankle back in December.
After missing 10 Premier League games, the 22-year-old returned in Palace’s 2-0 win away to Huddersfield on March 17.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek feared for his England World Cup chances after suffering an ankle injury
Loftus-Cheek was excluded from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the latest international break after making his debut in November.
His chances of being on the plane to Russia were in doubt when an operation on his ankle was talked about.
‘Of course the World Cup has been in the back of my mind,’ Loftus-Cheek told the Evening Standard.
‘At the start when surgery was mentioned I thought, “That sounds bad”. It was very scary because we did not know how long it would take and it was waiting to decide what was the best road to go down.’
Loftus-Cheek was excluded from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the latest friendlies
The type and extent of Loftus-Cheek’s injury was unclear and he returned to his parent club to receive treatment.
‘I went back to Chelsea for physio and rehab. We did not know what I had done at first. My right ankle took a little bit of a fracture. It was either surgery or try and let it heal by itself. It was tough but I knew if I got back I could get into the World Cup squad,’ he said.
‘There was a period when it just did not feel like it was getting better and I was wondering how long it was going to take. But we made the decision that we would go with the conservative route and after a couple of weeks it did start to feel better.’
No surgery means Loftus-Cheek is fighting to stake his claim to make the 23-man squad and he has seven league matches to do so.
But no surgery means Loftus-Cheek is fighting to stake his claim to make the 23-man squad
Author: Nancy Parker
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