'Real tears': Chelsea fans react after 24-year-old hints he'll return from injury soon

Chelsea supporters were sent into emotional overload after Charly Musonda hinted at when he might be making his long-awaited return from injury.

He uploaded a short clip to his Instagram of him half-volleying a ball into an empty net with the caption ‘Coming to you in March.’

Musonda has been battling against a career-threatening knee problem on and off for five years and was only fully restored to Cobham last December.

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The 24-year-old’s woes stretch back to 2016 which saw the beginning of the cruciate ligament turmoil in his knee.

According to Belgian journalist Kristoff Terreur, his fellow countryman was only given a 20% chance of ever playing again.

Against all odds, Musonda has made a miraculous recovery and Chelsea fans could not contain their happiness.

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His time at Chelsea has been full of turbulence ever since he arrived at the age of 15.

Like so many before him, Musonda excelled in the academy set up but was swiftly shipped out on loan when he became suitably old enough.

Real Betis took him under their wing and his initial impression was fantastic. Musonda scored on his debut and was named Man of the Match.

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The Spanish side decided to extend his deal for another season but he was back at Chelsea for the 2017/18 campaign.

Antonio Conte included him in his squad and ensured he earned valuable minutes in the senior team. He scored another debut goal against Nottingham Forest but this was perhaps the last anyone saw of the true Musonda.

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A second loan, this time to Celtic, signalled the start of what seemed like the end for the talented forward.

Following all those painstaking months and painful moments, Musonda’s resurrection is almost complete.

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If there was ever a period of in lives when we need some uplifting news, this is it.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to see Musonda back doing what he loves best.

It’s made all the more gratifying knowing what he’s gone through and I hope everything works out for him because it’s the least he deserves.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.