Dujon Sterling thrilled to be back in action with Chelsea: I'm really happy

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Dujon Sterling is thrilled to be back in action with Chelsea.

The young defender was part of Thomas Tuchel's travelling squad for the trip to Ireland and is delighted to be back doing full training in pre-season, having missed a year of football due to a hamstring injury picked up on loan at Wigan Athletic, before returning to action with the Chelsea development squad during the second half of last term.

"I've been back playing since February," explained Sterling to chelseafc.com. "It had been a long time without actually playing and even training competitively, so it's good to be back. I'm really happy.

"I got about 10 Premier League 2 games under my belt just before last season ended, so that was a good run-out, but obviously not at the level of training and playing with the first team here."

Sterling continued: "I'm still working on getting back to the fitness levels I had before, but I feel like I'm physically stronger than I was before I got injured. More powerful, stronger, quicker, so in that aspect it's been good, now it's just about playing games.

"I've been working on those things with the coaches at Chelsea and even in the gym by myself when I'm away from the club. I've been putting in the work to get stronger, because I know where I need to be at to be able to compete at first-team level.

"It was an encouragement to me for the coaches to say 'take every moment as a chance to improve yourself' and 'don't dwell on the things you're not able to do'."

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