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Chelsea's Oriol Romeu makes comeback from injury


Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu made a return from injury in Spain last night.

Oriol Romeu may just be the unluckiest player at Chelsea, for the timing of his cruciate knee ligament injury could not have been worse.

'Interim' manager Rafa Benitez was clearly a fan of his compatriot after arriving at the club in the Autumn, picking Romeu ahead of Jon Obi Mikel in midfield.

So the 21-year-old midfielder may feel like he missed out on a golden chance to establish himself when he suffered his injury.

He is back to fitness, resuming light training in early April, and when it came to May, Rafa Benitez confirmed the midfielder was nearing a return.

Last night he did just that, featuring alongside Juan Mata in a match to pay tribute to former Espanyol captain Dani Jarque who died in 2009 aged 26 from a sudden heart failure.

More than 18,000 spectators watched on as stars including Andres Iniesta, Santi Cazorla and Xavi combined in a Spanish XI to take on an Espanyol XI.

The match ended in a 4-4 draw with Manchester City's David Silva getting on the scoresheet.

Mata and Romeu were both introduced as second half substitutes in the game, which raised money for Dani Jarque's surviving wife and children.

It's great news for Romeu to get a taste of action under his belt after his injury, and exactly the type of non-competitive fixture which is best to ease him back in.

It will stand him in good stead for pre-season, and where he will hope to show Jose Mourinho he deserves to and can play a vital role for the Blues in 2013/14.

You can watch highlights of the game below...

image: © WSHJackson

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