'Let's go' - Enzo Fernandez provides big Chelsea boost after injury woes

Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez
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Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez has thanked those who have supported him after returning to the pitch during Argentina's friendly with Ecuador.

Fernandez has been missing from the Chelsea squad since the end of April after he was forced to undertake groin surgery. The 23-year-old had been in excruciating pain for six months prior to the surgery and was being administered with injections to get through matches.

After going under the knife, Fernandez explained his decision to undergo surgery on social media. He wrote: "I wanted to let you know that my operation was successful everything went well thank God.

"I needed to get this surgery since I had been dragging the pain for about six months. It was something I could avoid while constantly treating myself with injections and medications.

"But a few weeks ago the pain started to get more and more intense, without any of this taking effect, and it was worse as I trained and played annoyingly, but I didn't want to stop being in the games I had. Whenever I got to play in the Chelsea jersey, like the national team, I always try to do my best despite all this but I can't stand it anymore.

"Thank you for the messages, encouragement and your token of love always. Shout out to everyone I promise you I’m coming back stronger than ever. Take good care of yourselves."

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This weekend Fernandez finally made his return to the pitch playing 24 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Ecuador as the World Cup holders continue their preparation for the Copa America. Reflecting on his return to action, the midfielder could not hide his pleasure with it appearing that he suffered no ill effects from his minutes.

"Happy for the return and much more for wearing this shirt again," he wrote. "Thank God I felt very good. Thank you all for your messages. Let's go."

It is understood new manager Enzo Maresca is a big fan of Fernandez and is looking to build his midfield around the Argentine this summer.