Kenedy posts wordless reaction after finally making his first Chelsea appearance for four years

Amongst all the commotion and craziness away from the pitch, Chelsea actually played a football match last night.

Roman Abramovich’s actions in the past two days have twice engulfed the team’s on-field performances.

Before the Carabao Cup final, he announced that he would be offering ownership of the club to the board of trustees.

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Hours ahead of the FA Cup fixture against Luton Town, Abramovich declared that Chelsea was officially up for sale.

All the talk pre-match suddenly turned the Russian’s decision, rather than the contest ready to take place between the Champions League holders and the Championship high-flyers.

Thomas Tuchel’s men narrowly edged out an enthralling encounter at Kenilworth Road, thanks to goals from Saul Niguez, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku.

Return of the stranger

One man who will be extremely miffed by Abramovich’s attention-grabbing statement is Kenedy.

The Brazilian hadn’t appeared for the Blues since 2018 before starting yesterday’s game with Luton.

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Ironically, his last outing as a Chelsea player also arrived in the FA Cup, at home to Norwich City over four years ago.

He lasted an hour on Wednesday before being replaced by Christian Pulisic.

To honour his extremely prolonged outing, Kenedy uploaded a picture to Instagram without any words, just a simple ‘tongue out’ emoji.

Some supporters might still be rubbing their eyes at the sight of the 26-year-old.

His return to Cobham in January was certainly not the signing many expected or demanded.

Tuchel recalled the versatile defender from his loan spell with Flamengo, in response to the club’s injury issues.

With Reece James and Ben Chilwell both out at the time, Chelsea’s only two recognised options at wing-back were Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

Having tried and failed to withdraw Emerson Palmieri out of Lyon’s grasp, the chain of command instead opted for Kenedy as cover.

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Following the wave of wounds suffered by Chelsea’s defenders during the Carabao Cup final, Tuchel was finally able to use the forgotten man to good use.

He might not have set the world alight, but it’s comforting to know Kenedy can still kick a ball around.  

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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.