Loftus-Cheek ‘feels strong’ after recovering from injury

Ruben Loftus-Cheek “feels strong” after an “excellent” week of training, according to Thomas Tuchel.

Loftus-Cheek is available to return to the Chelsea squad for Saturday’s derby against Crystal Palace.

He missed the recent FA Cup tie against Plymouth and the World Club Cup because he was struggling with an Achilles problem.

Loftus-Cheek, who was previously on loan at Palace, recently returned to training. The injury was apparently unrelated to the ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered a couple of years ago.

“It was a separate issue,” Blues boss Tuchel explained at a press conference on Friday.

“It was very painful and a kind of inflammation – not a big injury, but painful.

“Since we are back he feels strong and I can see that he feels free.

“He had an excellent training week and is available for the game.”

Reece James is still recovering from a hamstring injury, while Tuchel is hoping to have Mason Mount back from an ankle injury for next weekend’s Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.

“We will push for the League Cup final,” said Tuchel.

“Mason has injured ligaments. It happened in the very first minutes of the (World Club Cup) final. We will try hard for the League Cup final.”