Chelsea attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech made his return from injury on Friday evening as he playing the final half-hour of Morocco’s 3-1 victory over Senegal and contributed an assist.
The 27-year-old, who was signed in a £33.4million from Ajax earlier this year, has yet to make his debut for Chelsea after he suffered a knee injury during a pre-season friendly against Brighton.
Ziyech had been training in couple of the week with Chelsea’s first team squad but was not fit enough to make his first appearance for Frank Lampard’s side.
However, Ziyech was named in Morocco’s squad for clash against Senegal on Friday evening.
The 27-year-old took a positive step in his recovery by enjoying some game-time in the second half of their friendly against Senegal in Rabit.
In what was a particularly feisty first-half featuring a number of yellow card, Morocco took an early lead through Selim Amallah of Standard Liege.
Shortly after coming on with 30 minutes remaining, Hakim Ziyech was involved in the build-up to Morocco’s second goal, playing a couple of one-twos before the ball was slid through to Youssef En-Nesryi to score with aplomb.
Then, with five minutes left, Hakim Ziyech registered an assist of his own, as his inviting free-kick taken from a wide-left position was headed into the net by Youssef El Arabi.
The Blues supporters are eagerly anticipating seeing Hakim Ziyech in action following his sublime performances for Ajax over the last two seasons.
Ziyech is expected to make another appearance on Tuesday night when Morocco play their second game against DR Congo.