Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits that he has turned to yoga in his attempt to end the back issues that have plagued him over his career.
“I can’t force anything now,” Loftus-Cheek said. “It’s a muscular problem. I’ve got to keep it strong, keep it loose. I have a routine now which I think will work.
“I’ve been doing yoga. I’m not very good at it but I have to start somewhere! I have said before [it’s behind me] because it has felt really good and then it has come back.
“I do have problems with my back but I am working with the physios, I think we have nailed it. Fingers crossed because I have had it since I was 17 and I have been trying to figure my body out.
“It’s been a tough couple of years with it, coming at the wrong time. Hopefully we have got a routine to manage it now.
“I was doing well at that point but the back problem came again. I tried to push through it but it was one of those ones where if I’d carried on, I would have done more damage. I was distraught going down the tunnel [against Forest]. I knew I just had to wait to get it right.
“As a footballer you want to be free in your mind, you want to feel physically good before you go on the pitch so you can focus. That’s when I had to make a decision with the physios, I knew I couldn’t play with it any more.”