The midfielder made his first competitive start for Chelsea since March 2018 in the Papa John's Trophy.
On Wednesday night, he played 90 minutes against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy.
It was his first competitive encounter against senior pros for Chelsea since the 2018 Community Shield, and first start since March of that year.
Unfortunately for Drinkwater, 30, Rovers stole a late win to knock Chelsea out of the competition in a 4-3 thriller.
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