Chelsea and Crystal Palace clash over injured loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek

CHELSEA and Crystal Palace have clashed over the best way to treat injured midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The 22-year-old is on a season-long loan at Selhurst Park and made a bright start to life in south London.

Loftus-Cheek was a rare bright spark during Frank de Boer’s calamitous reign and carried his momentum when Roy Hodgson took charge.

His impressive performances earned him a call-up to the England squad and he starred on his debut during a friendly with Germany at Wembley.

Loftus-Cheek was a key part of the Crystal Palace side as they went eight games unbeaten, but he hasn’t featured since the home defeat to Arsenal at the end of December.

The loanee is suffering from an ankle injury and rest has not appeared to aid his recovery.

And according to The Times, the two clubs disagree over the next step.

Palace are adamant that Loftus-Cheek should undergo surgery while Chelsea believe he should let it heal naturally.

The player has been back at his parent club for the last month and is understood to be extremely frustrated, with his World Cup hopes fading by the day.

Palace are desperate for him to return as they struggle to deal with an injury crisis.

Hodgson has 12 players ruled out for tomorrow’s clash with Tottenham.

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