£8m Chelsea star set for first Premier League game since August 2013?

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Could Marco Van Ginkel make a sensational return to action - despite being ruled out for the rest of the season earlier in the campaign.

This summer saw Chelsea sign plenty of big name players - but they also invested in one for the future in midfield maestro Marco Van Ginkel.

The Dutch international was snapped up in July of last year for a fee in the region of £8 million - pigeon feed by Chelsea standards.

However Jose Mourinho was said to be a big fan of the young man - and used him at the start of the Premier League campaign.

He came on as a second half substitute against Hull City and Aston Villa in the early Premier League sparring and also featured against FC Basel in the Champions League.

But then, on the 24th September, his season and World Cup dream was said to be finished - after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

But it appears the reports of his demise may have been greatly exaggerated.

MVG returned to action at the end of March - featuring against Manchester United in the Under-21 league - and has since been playing more and more regularly for the age group side.

In midweek he and fellow Dutchman Nathan Ake travelled to Madrid with the first-team as back-up options - so he is certainly back to near full fitness.

And this weekend represents a good chance of him playing in the Premier League for the first time since August.

The Premier League have, stupidly, decided to not move Chelsea’s game with Liverpool this Sunday in order to give The Blues plenty of rest ahead of the Champions League second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Therefore Jose Mourinho is threatening to play a weakened side - albeit one which could include Nemanja Matic, Frank Lampard, Mohamed Salah and John Obi Mikel - all unavailable for the second leg tie.

But if he makes good on his promise one player certain of getting a chance has to be Van Ginkel.

It might be too late to salvage his season, and too late to sufficiently impress Louis Van Gaal enough for a place in the Dutch team for Brazil.

But we imagine he will still have itchy feet at the prospect of stepping out at Anfield - when he though his season was over.

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