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According to Chelsea U23 coach Adi Viveash, Kurt Zouma will return to the senior team after the international break. The Chelsea defender has been training and playing with the development squad since his return from injury, and for the first time since his injury played for 90 minutes against Oxford United.

The 22-year-old defender has been away from the senior squad since February, and his days at being away from first team football are numbered.

The Chelsea development team coach Adi Viveash told the official Chelsea website: “Kurt has been a privilege to work with. He’s a fine young player who works very hard every day and he’s been tremendous with the boys. It was a proper game for him and important that he came through 90 minutes against first team players. He looked quick and strong, was jumping up above the crossbar like he always does and his distribution was good so he’ll have felt the benefit of being involved.” Viveash said.

Adi Viveash also revealed that Zouma has been adapting well in the new Chelsea system, as he can operate on the left and right side of the 3-man defence.

“He’s also been able to play on the right and in the middle of a back three in the last couple of games he’s been with us. I know he hasn’t played in that system much, as he spoke about before the game, so it’s been good for him in that sense as well to get some experience of playing those roles”

“His next challenge is to get back into our first team defence, which is performing extremely well at the minute, but what his return does is give the manager another excellent option in his squad.” Viveash said.

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