Sarri keen to assess Loftus-Cheek’s fitness after emphatic return

Maurizio Sarri says Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s fitness will be assessed following the midfielder’s return to action.

Loftus-Cheek, who has been plagued by back trouble this season, starred in Wednesday evening’s 3-0 win over Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

Given a starting place along with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek capped Chelsea’s win by scoring their third goal.

He then went off with a slight hamstring problem and was given a standing ovation by the home crowd.

Head coach Sarri is unworried by that minor injury and is more concerned about ensuring there is no recurrence of Loftus-Cheek’s back problems.

Sarri explained: “After 75 minutes he had a little problem with his hamstring – nothing serious, only cramp I think.

“But I want to be sure about the situation with his back, because the big problem is his back.”

Sarri praised Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi as well as Andreas Christensen and Chelsea fans after Wednesday’s win.

The victory took the Blues up to fifth in the Premier League table.

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