The creative midfielder arrived from Napoli earlier this month and is thrown straight into the mix for the Blues' first outing of the summer.
In terms of the home side, former Chelsea youth product Fabio Ferreira - who spent four years in West London as a youngster - is given a chance to impress.
Perth Glory: Reddy, Franjic, Lowry, Neville, Grant, Ferreira, Kilkenny, Djulbic, Keogh, Wilson, Italiano
Subs: Brimmer, Castro, Chianese, Davidson, Harold, Juande, Lee, Mustafa, Santalab, Scott, Stynes, Timmins, Velaphi
Chelsea: Bulka, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Luiz, Alonso, Fabregas, Jorginho, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Morata, Pedro
Subs: Collins, Thompson, Aina, Tomori, Hector, Kalas, Emerson, Drinkwater, Palmer, Bakayoko, Pasalic, Piazon, Musonda, Abraham
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