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Nigerian starlet back after four months of injury - So what do Chelsea do with him?

Kenneth Omeruo recently returned from his shoulder injury, but should Chelsea send him out on loan or give him a first-team chance?

Chelsea and Jose Mourinho were brought crashing back down to earth at the weekend, when Newcastle United once again proved to be the bane of the Portuguese’s Premier League existence.

On the day plenty came in for stick, Frank Lampard in particular. But Twitter was also awash with fresh calls for David Luiz to no longer be considered a first-teamer after a ropey display, and for Cesar Azpilicueta to be brought in at right-back for Branislav Ivanovic.

With the worries over these areas growing, it could be an opportunity for Chelsea’s returning loanee to stake a claim for a first-team place.

Kenneth Omeruo was at ADO Den Haag last season on a year-long loan, and had an incredible season - being named their player of the year.

He also played a pivotal role in Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations triumph.

Despite rumours of him heading back out on loan this season, a move failed to materialise as he picked up a nasty shoulder injury at the Confederations Cup in June - an injury he returned from recently in an under-21 game v West Ham.

And his return to full fitness was recently confirmed by his inclusion in the recent Nigeria squad to play Ethiopia and Italy later this month.

So could he now make the step up to the Chelsea first-team?

Just a week ago Omeruo’s agent was saying this in relation to his first-team training sessions:

“The Special One has taken special interest in the player. He wants to give him a chance but first Kenneth must regain full match fitness.” 

Tomorrow night could have been the perfect opportunity to give him a run around - but unfortunately he is not in the Champions League squad so cannot feature against Schalke 04.

The question Mourinho now poses on himself is whether to give Omeruo a shot in the first-team, most likely at centre-back, or wait until January and send him out on loan, with Vitesse Arnhem and Watford both potential destinations.

The latter seems more likely, and probably the better option. Injury has likely curtailed any chance of a breakthrough at Chelsea this season, but six months of first-team football away from the club could be just the ticket.

And then we might get a peek of him in action next season.

What do you think is the best course of action with Kenneth Omeruo?

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