Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle recently returned to training after winning the 2014 World Cup with Germany, but he is already back in match action for the Blues.
The 23-year-old star played 30 minutes of the Premier League club’s 2-0 victory over Fenerbahce in Istanbul in a pre-season mini-tournament on Friday.
The former Bayer Leverkusen star resumed training with his Chelsea teammates only on Monday after his summer break, but he did not show any signs of rustiness against the Turkish outfit.
After the match, Schurrle took to social networking site Twitter to post the following message, clearly showing his delight at being back playing football.
‘For me it was important to get on the pitch and get some minutes,’ he told Chelsea’s official website. ‘Thirty minutes was good and I felt okay considering it’s my first week back. I’ve had three or four hard days training behind me but it’s good to get some match fitness’.
Schurrle was one of the best players for Germany at the World Cup in Brazil and the best substitute in the tournament.
The former Mainz star is unlikely to commence the 2014-15 campaign as a regular in the starting line-up for the Blues and will be expected to make appearances off the bench.
However, as he showed in Brazil, Schurrle is a quality player and will do his best to convince Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to give him more playing time than last season.
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