Ross Barkley reveals how he trained with one leg in an attempt to return to full fitness for Chelsea
“I couldn’t kick the ball with my right, so I was training with my left hand”: Ross Barkley reveals that he fought the Chelsea pain barrier after missing three months of broken bone in his foot
- Ross Barkley reveals how broken bone in his foot prolonged his return to fitness
- Chelsea-star only used his left foot during training, because he fought against an injury
- Barkley scored on his return when Chelsea knocked Forest out of the FA Cup
Ross Barkley has revealed how he was forced to train on one leg after chips on his right foot extended his “frustrating” fightback injury.
The England midfielder scored in Sunday’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest – his first appearance for nearly three months.
Since mid-October, Barkley has been hampered by problems with his ankle and foot that have caught up with club and country.
Ross Barkley has revealed how he fought through the pain barrier to return to full fitness
The 26-year-old claims that he has only been pain-free for a few weeks after having been training alone with his wrong foot for a long time.
Now that he has made a scoring return to the action of the first team, his focus is on resurrecting his season.
“It felt great to just be back on the pitch,” he said after Sunday’s victory over Stamford Bridge. “Hopefully I can kick this out and get back on the sidelines by continuing to work hard in training. Hopefully today I have brought that thought back to the manager’s mind for a purpose. “
The midfielder was eliminated injured during Chelsea’s win over Newcastle in October
Barkley then had to train on one leg after chips on his foot extended his fight against injuries
He added: “I had fine chips on two parts of my bone in my foot, so it was really painful. I just had to wait for my time and keep working hard. I couldn’t really kick the ball with my right foot, so I trained with my left foot. But now I feel good and I am ready to come back. “
Barkley, whose season was also disrupted by antics outside the field, has done double fitness sessions to ensure that he ran to the ground on his return to the side.
He tapped into Forest from close up after good work by Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Barkley’s fellow England international also breathed new life into his campaign – scored one and created the other in the 2-0 win.
The 26-year-old scored on his return when Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest out of the FA Cup
Both enjoyed a valuable run-out, with Barkley hoping to have noticed British boss Gareth Southgate.
“It was more about getting myself right and I feel good the last few weeks,” he added.
‘I was back in the back today and hopefully (Southgate) will have seen that I scored – which he will probably do – and then we have many games until the next meeting in England.
“But the most important thing is to focus on helping (Chelsea) progress and getting our home form much better, so that we can start and get higher on the table.”