Chelsea hold friendly at Stamford Bridge as Ruben Loftus-Cheek returns after 13-month absence – and scores against friends – The Irish Sun

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CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard saw his side come back in action at Stamford Bridge for the first time since March.

The Blues boss pitted his players against each other in an intra-squad game ahead of their return to the Premier League.

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Chelsea players played an intra-squad friendly at Stamford Bridge ahead of the Premier League returnCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Frank Lampard, alongside prodigal teenager Billy Gilmour, officiated the game with his coaching staff

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Frank Lampard, alongside prodigal teenager Billy Gilmour, officiated the game with his coaching staffCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Lampard and his coaching staff whistled and officiated the game as his players tried to get rid of the ring rust before heading to Aston Villa on June 21.

It’s unclear exactly how the teams were divided, but Blues stars who had been sidelined before the lockdown have also been exhausted.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who hasn’t played alongside other first-team players since last May after a horrific Achilles heel injury, burned out and even managed to score a goal for the blue team.

The 24-year-old England midfielder returned to training in February and made reserve matches with the development team.

Christian Pulisic was on the opposite side, with young players also in the numbers.

Pedro and Willian – two players whose futures are yet to be determined – also played.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek has played a game for Chelsea for the first time since May 2019 - and has scored

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has played a game for Chelsea for the first time since May 2019 – and has scoredCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Willian's future continues to be the subject of much speculation

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Willian’s future continues to be the subject of much speculationCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Pedro - who is also linked with an exit - collects the ball from Tammy Abraham as Antonio Rudiger watches

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Pedro – who is also linked with an exit – collects the ball from Tammy Abraham as Antonio Rudiger watchesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

German superstar Timo Werner, who is officially set to join the Blues next week, secured an assist on Saturday afternoon as RB Leipzig drew 1-1 with Paderborn.

And Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf, who won four major trophies at Stamford Bridge, is thrilled with the signing.

Leboeuf told ESPN: “[Werner’s] a fantastic player.

“We’ve seen it for the past two years and it’s a very good catch for Chelsea as they almost signed for Bayern Munich last year.

“We talked about Liverpool a few months ago and now they will happily go to Chelsea and I am very happy for that.

“He’s going to give versatility in the attack on the front row as a forward.

    Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf is delighted Blues sign Timo Werner (pictured)

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Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf is delighted Blues sign Timo Werner (pictured)Credit: Getty – Contributor

“Tammy Abraham is more of someone who is going to hold the ball, but when Werner goes to play he is also going to give something else to the midfielders and the defense.

“So it’s a very good catch, I’m very happy.

“I want to see it with [Hakim] Ziyech on the right side, maybe Pulisic on the left side.

“It’s going to be very, very interesting. I think it’s a very, very good signing yeah.”


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