N’Golo Kante made his return from injury as Chelsea ended their pre-season campaign with a 2-2 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach.
The France international had not featured in pre-season due to a knee injury but came on for the final 18 minutes in Germany to hand Frank Lampard a huge boost ahead of his side’s Premier League opener against Manchester United next Sunday.
Kante helped the Blues to a draw at Monchengladbach, who finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season, as two second-half penalties cancelled out strikes from Alassane Plea (13) and Jonas Hofmann (39) in the opening 45 minutes.
Tammy Abraham scored the first in the 59th minute after Mateo Kovacic was tripped in the penalty area.
Chelsea had a golden opportunity to level the scores from open play when Ross Barkley latched onto a loose back pass but the England midfielder struck wide from 12 yards.
However, there was still time for an equaliser and it came four minutes from time after former Tottenham youngster Keanan Bennetts brought down Mason Mount in the penalty area.