Chelsea Under-23s picked up a convincing 3-0 win over Liverpool Under-23s on Monday evening, largely thanks to hugely impressive performances from both Antonio Rudiger and Michy Batshuayi.
Rudiger had been sidelined since the 1-1 draw with Manchester United in April, in which he picked up a nasty knee injury which required surgery.
However, he made his long-awaited return to action at Stamford Bridge, playing the full 90 minutes against Liverpool and forming an impressive partnership with young Marc Guehi in defence.
Whilst it was hardly the toughest of tests for Rudiger, he still had to deal with the highly rated pairing of Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliott, and he certainly did so with ease.
First-team manager Frank Lampard was in attendance, and he will likely have been delighted with what he saw from Rudiger, who could soon make his return for the senior side after proving his fitness with the developmental squad.
It was Rudiger's delightful long ball which allowed Batshuayi to open the scoring with a fantastic chipped effort, although a glaring error from Liverpool shot stopper