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Yossi Benayoun Targets Stoke Game For Chelsea Comeback

Israeli playmaker to return at the Britannia Stadium for Stamford Bridge club.

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Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun will return next month against Stoke City after recovering from long-term injury.

The 30-year-old has resumed light training after tearing his achilles on only his second start for the club in September.

Benayoun moved to Chelsea from Liverpool in the summer but has been left frustrated by the injury which has kept him on the sidelines for seven months.

The Israel international will be match fit by the end of this month, meaning he is line for his comeback against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on April 2.

“I’m feeling really good and progressing well,” he told the Jewish Chronicle.

“I hope to return to full training with Chelsea within a week or two. My hope is to be match-fit towards the end of the month.”

“It wasn’t easy to be given the verdict about the injury.

“But when the surgeon told me about other players who had fully recovered from the same injury and returned to play, I began to feel calmer.

“I really believe in myself now and I’ve been running for quite a few weeks, sometimes with the ball.”

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