PHOTOS: Ruben Loftus-Cheek in senior training ahead of Sporting chance

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We compile the best photos from Chelsea's training session ahead of their match against Sporting Lisbon today.

Chelsea academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been training with the first team ahead of their match with Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League tomorrow night. 

Jose Mourinho's men have already confirmed their qualification as group winners to the knockout stages of Europe's premier competition and the Portuguese boss is expected to name a number of fringe players in his starting line-up for the match. 

Mourinho has confirmed today that Loftus-Cheek will play a part, at some stage, in the Champions League contest tomorrow evening. 

The central midfielder has caught the eye with his passing ability in the club's development side and Mourinho clearly feels he is ready to make the step up to first-team action now. 

The 18-year-old is a powerful presence and the chance to utilise some of his younger stars in a non-pressurised environment is one which Mourinho will take. 

Chelsea do not have a great record at bringing academy players through in recent times and this is something which Mourinho has expressed a desire to rectify since arriving at Stamford Bridge for a second stint. 

Starting Loftus-Cheek in the Champions League fixture is confirmation of this intention and the youngster has clearly impressed while training alongside some of the more experienced stars at this morning. 

Here are the best pictures from that training session. 

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