Ruben Loftus-Cheek describes “the feeling of playing for the shirt” at Chelsea

Chelsea have not been able to count on the services of Ruben Loftus-Cheek this season, a brutal blow not only to the team’s chances but also to the joy of the fans, who love seeing their academy star out on the pitch.

He’s been speaking in quotes carried by Sky Sports about the process of being injured and how hard it’s been to have to watch his teammates playing in his absence.

“The hardest part for me has been actually watching the games. Seeing them play, and seeing them win, and lose in the bad times, that’s so hard,” the midfielder said.

“Playing for Chelsea, it’s deep. And that feeling of playing for the shirt, that really comes out when you’re on the pitch.”

It’s great to hear him speak with such affection about the club, and it’s funny to imagine him suffering like we do watching the games.

Hopefully this break from football will ease his pain. Assuming we’re out of action for a couple of months, he will basically return to the season as fit as anyone, and can compete with the others to play in Frank Lampard’s first team.