Kurt Zouma Chelsea defender returns from 9-month injury layoff

Zouma missed the rest of the 2015.16 season after the injury and also the Euro 2016 which his country France lost in the final.

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Kurt Zouma play Kurt Zouma is back in action after mine months out (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
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After nine months off the pitch, Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was back in action on Monday, October 24 in a U-23 game.

Zouma has been out with a cruciate knee ligament injury which he sustained when he jumped and landed on his right leg with his fully body weight passing through his knee during the Chelsea 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United in February 2016.

Kurt Zouma and John Obi Mikel play Kurt Zouma sustained the injury after landing awkwardly on his right leg (Andy Hooper/Daily Mail)

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He missed the rest of the 2015.16 season after the injury and also the Euro 2016 which his country France lost in the final.

Kurt Zouma play Kurt Zouma played for 45 minutes as Chelsea plan to ease him in to action slowly (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The 21-year-old, however, made a 45-minute appearance in Chelsea’s U-23 clash against Derby County.

It wasn’t a smooth return for the defender who gave away a penalty for a foul on Charles Vernam.

The defender was later withdrawn as Chelsea plan to ease him slowly back into action.

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