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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is eager to be back playing for Chelsea as he gets closer to a full recovery from the torn ACL that has kept him out of the team since February.

Zouma has made several appearances for Chelsea’s U23 squad recently as he continues his recovery and he also played another game yesterday with the U23 side in an EFL Trophy match against Oxford United.

“It has been very nice to be back because I haven’t played for such a long time. I have been training with the development squad for a couple of weeks and I’ve enjoyed the experience a lot,” Zouma told Chelsea’s official website. “They have some very good players so the training and matches have been very good.

“I have been going step by step with my rehabilitation and the games were a good test for me and my knee. It’s been nice to be with the boys on a game day, travelling with them and trying to give out some good advice to them.

“We’ve played with three at the back in the last two games as well, which has been good for me to understand and learn the position a bit better. I’ve not played in that system much in my career but this is what the first team are using at moment so it was good for me to experience it.

“It’s been a long time out, the longest injury of my career, but it’s behind me now and it’s time to look forward. Injuries are a part of football and I’ve been lucky to have very good doctors and physios around me, plus my family behind me the whole time so it wasn’t too difficult.

“I have always been mentally strong so I knew I could cope and I was just waiting for my time to come back. You want to be out on the pitch with your teammates but you have to be patient. I could see the time going quickly and I spent every day trying to be stronger and better than before.”

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