£8m Chelsea starlet returns to action after six months out with injury

Chelsea youngster Marco Van Ginkel managed 45 minutes for the Chelsea U21 side last night as he returns from a lengthy lay-off.

The 21.year-old midfielder – who cost Chelsea a reported £8m last summer – made his official return last night as he came on as a substitute for the Chelsea U21s.

The Dutch international made a few appearances for the Blues at the beginning of the season before suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a League Cup match against Swindon Town.

The injury was a major set-back for the youngster, as his six months on the side-lines has seriously hampered his development and potentially a World Cup spot in the Dutch national team this summer.

Voted as Dutch talent of the year in 2013 and regarded as ‘the next Frank Lampard’ by former Vitesse boss Peter Bosz, Chelsea will be delighted that Van Ginkel managed some minutes last night.

He came on as a second half substitute for fellow youngster Reece Mitchell, and put in a solid second half performance as the U21s drew 0-0 against Manchester United.

When asked how he felt following his recovery after the game, Van Ginkel responded:

“Very good thank you.”

“It was good, I felt nothing with my knee. A little bit with my calf, but that’s normal after a long injury,” he joked.

Whilst it’s unlikely that Van Ginkel will appear for Premier League leaders Chelsea first-team between now and the end of the season, with decent training and some more minutes with the U21s, Jose Mourinho may find the competition he offers will help spur on his teammates in the latter stages of the season.

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