In preparation for the squad’s return to domestic cup play, Noni Madueke, a winger for Chelsea, has been observed back in training with the first team this week.
The 21-year-old may be seen participating again in training in photos on the club’s website after disappearing during the Blues’ most recent game.
Madueke was left off the starting lineup for Sunday’s loss to Aston Villa, which spread additional anguish throughout Stamford Bridge.
Deivid Washington’s inclusion in the team two days after participating in U21 play suggests that the Englishman’s absence was caused by the same problems that have plagued him for the majority of the season.
His lone start for the Blues this season came in the League Cup match against Wimbledon, where he delivered a player of the match effort to lead them to win.
Madueke is back in the gym.
He received a lot of applause from spectators for this performance, and pundit Scott Minto called him “dangerous” as a result.
His next appearance appears to be in that competition when Chelsea hosts Brighton in the next round, based on how the matches are shaping up.
As Roberto de Zerbi dealt with European football for the first time on the South Coast this season, the Seagulls’ depth has been evident.
A run in a domestic cup might be crucial for the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, but many would take an early exit for a run of Premier League victories to come.
After six games, the Blues have only one victory to their name.