It's been one year since Ruben Loftus-Cheek played for the first Chelsea team
On May 16, 2019, the England international who had been in a brilliant form before the Europa League final, suffered a terrible Achilles injury.
At the time, he was expected to be put for about half a year, but the harsh reality is that he is yet to return to the pitch (games for the U23 notwithstanding).
Of course, he was as close to playing his first game for Frank Lampard's team just before the coronavirus struck. Now, of course, we'll have to wait for at lest another month to see him playing for Chelsea.
We should be patient, though, and not expect too much of him. It's extremely difficult to return after such a difficult injury, and Ruben's already had plenty of setbacks on his road to the recovery. Don't call on Lampard to start Loftus-Cheek in every single game - it might make even more harm.
Still, it's clear that Frank wants to work with him - Ruben was the first player to sign a new long-term contract after Lampard's return to the Bridge. That's why we can be (very cautiosly) opimistic about Loftus-Cheek's future at the club.