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Loftus-Cheek returns to Chelsea for injury treatment amid World Cup fears

• Midfielder has not played this month because of ankle injury
• Roy Hodgson has no plans to terminate season-long loan deal

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has returned to Chelsea for treatment on the ankle injury sustained in late December, with Crystal Palace unsure as to when the England midfielder will be able to resume his loan spell across the capital and his participation in the summer’s World Cup in doubt.

Loftus-Cheek hobbled out of Palace’s 3-2 home defeat to Arsenal just after Christmas and, despite the problem initially appearing innocuous, the joint failed to respond to rest in the period since. The club’s medical staff duly spoke with their counterparts at Chelsea to discuss how best to proceed, with the 22-year-old’s parent club determining that he should be monitored for a further three-week period.

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