Ruben Loftus-Cheek admitted that he “felt a yard off” the pace after Chelsea ‘s victory over Aston Villa on Sunday but had vowed to boost his mental and physical “sharpness” after he returned from injury.

“Seriously, after too long without competing it felt unbelievable 13 months after my last professional game,” Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea’s official website.

“To have the competitive spirit again and step into the pitch was great but there were no spectators so it looked very different.
I sometimes felt the atmosphere of the game behind a yard, literally and psychologically, like you should practice every week when you’re focused on it. I couldn’t say why I felt this way. That’s hard to describe. For the game, you don’t have the scent, but the more I’m playing, the more it’s coming back.”

“I wasn’t too hard on myself, I’m just happy to play and grateful for being back on the field. Gradually, the sharpness will get better as I play more, and emotionally, I’ll be much better,” he added.

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