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Rudiger hands Chelsea huge injury boost ahead of United season opener

Chelsea central defender Antonio Rudiger looks to be on the comeback trail after undergoing knee surgery at the end of last campaign.

The Germany international was forced from the field during Chelsea’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester United in April, missing the final five matches of the season, including the Europa League final win over Arsenal.

The injury on his left knee meniscus required the player to go under the knife to get the issue rectified, and Rudiger has since been undergoing rehabilitation in order to get fit as soon as is possible. It is however, unknown if he will be back in time for the season opener against Manchester United.

According to the Telegraph, Chelsea are not willing to rush the 26-year-old’s recovery and risk causing him more long term problems.

Rudiger himself has again taken to social media to give supporters an insight into how his rehabilitation is going. A video posted on his Twitter page shows the German working and running outside on his own, which will serve as a positive image for the blues fans hoping that he will be back sooner rather that later.

The video was captioned with the message: “Every day one step closer #Hustle #AlwaysBelieve #comebackwork.”

A second post, tweeted by the defender, shows him also doing work in the gym in order to make sure that the strength in his knee is restored. The picture was accompanied with the hashtag #Comebackstronger.

Rudiger has established himself as a favourite at Stamford Bridge during his two campaigns at the club, playing 89 matches in the blue shirt.

Although the season opener could come a bit too soon for him, Chelsea supporters will be hoping it’s not too much longer before they see the central defender back on the pitch at the club.

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