Carney Chukwuemeka has returned to first team training ahead of Chelsea trip to Fulham on Monday.
The Nigeria-born midfielder suffered a knee injury during Chelsea’s defeat to London rivals West Ham last month, but has made a full recovery earlier than expected.
The 19-year-old moved to Chelsea from Aston Villa last summer.
Chukwuemeka made 15 league appearances for the Blues last season.
The teenager scored his first Chelsea goal against the Hammers, before being forced off at half-time as Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost 3-1.
Despite Chukwuemeka’s welcome return, Pochettino is still without a number of first team players.
The London outfit have suffered with injuries to several key players in the early stages of the season, and the likes of Christopher Nkunku, Reece James and Benoit Badiashile remain sidelined and won’t feature against the Cottagers.