'Christmas came early': Some Chelsea fans loving what happened in training yesterday

Chelsea supporters on social media unwrapped a very welcome premature present yesterday in the shape of Ben Chilwell.

The Athletic confirmed that Chilwell had kick-started his recovery from the cruciate ligament injury he sustained last month by going through some light running.

This is a step forward for the defender, but one that must be trodden lightly.

Baby steps for Ben

Not to heighten expectations too far, The Athletic also stated that the 24-year-old might still require surgery on the damages.

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To their understanding, Chelsea’s intentions have always been to get the England international back into some form of training before putting him under the knife or not.

Yet, the news of Chilwell being out on the grass at least gave Blues fans something to cheer about during the festive period.

Here’s how they reacted to the update on their full-back on Twitter:

Even better Blues news

Like London buses, after getting nothing for so long, two sets of encouraging injury news have swept through Stamford Bridge.

N’Golo Kante and Trevoh Chalobah are back in training, following their respective lay-offs.

Kante hasn’t featured in any of the last five games due to an ankle issue he suffered against Juventus.

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Chalobah sustained a hamstring problem in the win over Watford a few weeks ago but is standing upright once again.

The potential return of both these players will be massive for Thomas Tuchel, who has been working with a slightly strained squad recently.

If fully fit, both could feature in the encounter with Everton at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, a side who are in a major medical dilemma of their own.

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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.