Chelsea’s Premier League side received a pre-season boost after defender Ben Chilwell was confirmed to return to first-team training.
The England international spent a large part of the season on the sidelines after picking up a severe knee injury in the 4-0 win over Juventus in November and has not played since.
According to Chelsea, the player has maintained his fitness with the club’s youth team but joined the first team on Tuesday in a quest to finish the season strong after securing the season with triple lace.
In a video, manager Thomas Tuchel smiled as he hugged Chilwell tightly, while all his teammates gave him a round of applause after his long-awaited return.
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The player is ahead of the schedule as he was expected to miss the first matches of next season and the club does not want to rush him as he is seeking a perfect start in the hope of being included in the England squad. 2022 World Cup later in the year.
The return was a strong boost for Chelsea, who is said to be on the verge of losing Marcos Alonso to Barcelona. With captain Cesar Azpilicueta ready to leave, the Blues had no choice but to go through the window with a view to getting another defender.