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Official: Chelsea recall Zak Sturge from Peterborough United

Peterborough United v Arsenal U21: EFL Trophy Photo by Alan Walter - Arsenal FC/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Promising young left back Zak Sturge joined Peterborough United on loan from Chelsea in the summer, but the 19-year-old managed just 260 minutes spread across thirteen first-team appearances before being officially recalled yesterday.

Sturge’s one and only senior start came in the first round of the FA Cup against fourth tier opposition, while his eight substitute appearances in League One (third tier) play averaged just barely over fifteen minutes each — and he had not featured at all since the end of October. In fact, his last league appearance came just after Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson told the media how he expected Sturge to remain with the team for the entire season. Not if you don’t play him, boss!

Sturge did get a runout for The Post in PL2 and EFL Trophy matches, but he could’ve just as easily played in those competitions for Chelsea U21, whom he will now rejoin, at least temporarily. While there is a small chance that he pops up at first-team training as we deal with our injuries at the position, it’s much more likely that he’ll try his luck on loan again in the second half of the season as well.

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