- Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffers another injury setback while training with Chelsea
- The 22-year-old World Cup hopeful is on a season-long loan at Crystal Palace
- He returned for treatment after picking up an ankle problem in December
- Loftus-Cheek has recovered from the injury but felt a pain in his knee on Monday
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has suffered another injury setback while training with Chelsea’s Under 23s.
The 22-year-old England World Cup hopeful, on a season-long loan at Crystal Palace, had returned to his parent club for treatment after picking up an ankle problem in December.
He has recovered from that injury but while training with Chelsea’s youngsters at Cobham on Monday felt a pain in his knee.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has suffered another injury setback while training with Chelsea U23s
Palace, who face Manchester United on Monday night, have not put a timescale on when Loftus-Cheek will be fit to return to Selhurst Park but are hopeful this is only a ‘very minor’ issue.
‘Unfortunately in a training session where his ankle was being tested with the U23s and the session went very well, he has managed to pick up another very minor injury,’ Hodgson confirmed. ‘Now it has to be treated before we get him back here.
‘The good news was that the injury which has kept him out for a long period of time — the ankle — that seems to be much better and he seems to be on the mend from that.
‘That is quite often the case when people get back into training with a group of players, something else happens and they feel a pain somewhere else and that has to be dealt with.
‘We are hopeful that is not going to be a major issue and we are hopeful to see him back at Selhurst Park very soon.’
The new injury could hurt his chances of going to this summer’s World Cup with England
Palace were not considering picking him for the game against Jose Mourinho’s United this Monday anyway and could not use him against parent club Chelsea in their following fixture.
It remains to be seen whether he will be able to face Huddersfield on March 17 or Liverpool on March 31.
‘His first session was Monday, he was going to do another session on Tuesday and Wednesday was going to be a day off,’ Hodgson added. ‘He was due to sign off with Chelsea on either Thursday or Friday and come back to us at the weekend.
‘That was the plan but that was before this other minor injury which occurred which they now have to look at. But we are still hopeful he will be back with us soon.’
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