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Chelsea field £33m Michy Batshuayi in Under 21s for Checkatrade Trophy to leave MK Dons boss frustrated: 'For us this is a chance to get to Wembley. That strike force makes it difficult'

  • Michy Batshuayi is recovering from a foot injury picked up on international duty
  • The striker scored twice in a 4-0 win for Chelsea Under 21s against MK Dons
  • The Checkatrade Trophy tie was Batshuayi's first start for Chelsea since October

Injury comeback games for £33million international strikers were probably not what the EFL had in mind when they revamped the Checkatrade Trophy last season but in Michy Batshuayi's return to action that is exactly what they got.

The Belgian striker scored twice as he continued his comeback from a foot injury in front of just 1,549 fans at Stadium:MK, playing a full 90 minutes in the 4-0 Southern round two win.

There were also goals for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Charly Musonda as a strong Chelsea side blew away their much-changed League One opponents. Robbie Neilson made seven changes from his side's last outing in League One.

Striker Michy Batshuayi scored twice as he continued his comeback from a foot injury

Striker Michy Batshuayi scored twice as he continued his comeback from a foot injury

The £33m pound Belgium star was playing for Chelsea Under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy

The £33m pound Belgium star was playing for Chelsea Under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy

Batshuayi got the first when slipped in by Kyle Scott, cutting in on his right to finish. Another first team squad member, Kenedy, created the second. The Brazilian picked out Batshuayi, who came on for the dying moments against Ateltico Madrid on Tuesday night, with a cross as Chelsea struck on the counter.

The Blues were 3-0 before the break when Callum Hudson-Odoi's saw his effort spilled over the line by MK keeper Wieger Sietsma. Musonda got a fourth after the break to end all hopes for the home side.

MK boss Neilson was clearly frustrated at having to pit his side against multi-million pound Premier League stars in a competition designed to give young players a platform.

Callum Hudson-Odoi scored when MK keeper Wieger Sietsma spilled a shot over the line

Callum Hudson-Odoi scored when MK keeper Wieger Sietsma spilled a shot over the line

Charly Musonda (left) was also on the scoresheet in the 4-0 win over the League One side

Charly Musonda (left) was also on the scoresheet in the 4-0 win over the League One side

He told the MK Citizen: 'It's not great getting beat by that score at home. It's one of the things with this tournament, it's difficult to know where they're going with it to be honest when you're playing Chelsea U21s and they've got a £35m striker and a £10m left-back playing.

'It was always going to be difficult for us tonight, and we played a few of the younger ones to give them some game time and experience. We're disappointed with the result, but it's a learning curve for them to play against players like that.'

Before adding: 'We see this trophy as an opportunity to get to Wembley, but it's very difficult when teams put that kind of strike force out. We have to move on, and we have a game on Saturday now against Shrewsbury to look forward to.'

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