Chelsea have confirmed that Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered a ruptured Achilles in Monday night’s 2-2 draw against Burnley, and will be undergoing surgery tonight (Tuesday) after consulting with a specialist.
It’s a terrible blow for the 18-year-old, for Chelsea, and for nice things in this world. Expected recovery time, at best is 6-9 months, though the effects (both physical and psychological) of this injury can linger well beyond that time-frame. The potential impact is up there with an ACL tear.
But we’ll just have to take those challenges one step at a time. Hudson-Odoi is young and has access to world class medical care, physiotherapy, and guidance. He can come back even stronger from all this and become the Chelsea hero we all hope he can be.
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If there is a silver lining in all this, it’s that the injury should end interest from Bayern Munich, who are looking for players who can help them straight away. There is of course the Barkley Scenario — pass up transfer in summer to sign in winter at a steep discount with just six months left on his contract — but Chelsea will be looking to prevent that by tabling the contract extension offer to Callum once again.
That’s according to Matt Law of the Telegraph, who reports that Chelsea’s commitment to one of our has not wavered, as it should be expected. Hudson-Odoi has been with Chelsea since age 8 and we take care of our own.
Hudson-Odoi was making his fourth consecutive start in the Premier League in Monday night’s game, and it looked like we were starting to turn the corner in terms of his (and Loftus-Cheek’s) integration into the first-team. Hopefully, Callum accepts this offer to give us all one less thing to worry about.