The English Football League Trophy has been roundly criticised but for Chelsea's youngsters, it could give them the boost they need.
Chelsea's academy team will take on Swindon Town, Exeter City and Oxford United in the group stage of the EFL Trophy.
The English Football League's revamping of the EFL Trophy has been given a timely boost as PA Sport reported Chelsea are set to change their mind.
The Football League will keep its rejuvenation of the EFL Trophy on track by inviting other sides to fill the void left by those who reject the offer.
A number of Premier League clubs have decided to opt out of entering their academy sides into the revamped English Football League Trophy.
English Football League chiefs believe inviting Premier League clubs to take part in a revamped EFL Trophy next season will "rejuvenate" the contest.