Antonio Rudiger is a step away from making his comeback after featuring in his first game since April as Chelsea Under-23s beat Liverpool 3-0 on Monday evening.
The German international defender had surgery on his left knee four months ago after suffering a meniscus injury that ended his season. Chelsea have suffered defensive struggles this season conceding six goals in two games so far and lost David Luiz to Arsenal on transfer deadline day.
Rudiger was not involved at all during pre-season, but the defender returned to full training at the beginning of August as part of stepping up his recovery.
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