In some of the matches Chelsea have had thus far, some fans cannot help but consider whether Eden Hazard would have been able to take us out of some difficult situations we gotten ourselves into. A question that is only made more relevant by the absence of his potential heir, Callum Hudson-Odoi, since the beginning of the season due to an Achilles tendon rupture.
Thankfully, the wait for his return might be finally over in two weeks. Hudson-Odoi, who is already back in training sessions, has seen good progress on his recovery. And he expects to be back in the fray once the upcoming international break is over and done with.
“Recovery has gone really well and I feel good.
“Hopefully I can be back after the international break. We have to just get things going and hopefully everything goes to plan.
“I was scared it could take longer but really recovery has gone very well and I am really happy everything has gone to plan.
”Now I just can’t wait to get back on the pitch and start playing again.”
Another much anticipated aspect of his return to the pitch is to see where he will be slotted in manager Frank Lampard’s plans. His attacking prowess should serve us quite well, either as a support to Tammy Abraham’s wonderful goalscoring form as of late, or to find himself some goals in our matches.
At least in training sessions and the rest of the day-by-day routines of our Cobham ground, Hudson-Odoi is already building a good rapport with the legendary midfielder turned head coach. Something that is made easier by Lamps’ willingness to give young players like him a chance to feature in our games, and thus reward hard work in training with minutes of play.
“He is a top manager, I’ve said it from the start. He’s there and he’s giving youth a chance.
“He says to us ‘if you work hard and believe in yourself you will get your chance’.
“If I work hard in training hopefully many opportunities will come. It’s important the manager has faith in me, it’s positive and I can’t wait.
“Everyone in the camp is more positive now. All the young boys have been boosted and want to work hard.”
-Callum Hudson-Odoi; Source: Sky Sports
A string of good results is yet to come for Chelsea. But once names such as Hudson-Odoi himself return from the set of injuries that plagued us in the last months of the previous season — and even during preseason! — prospects ought to improve for the Blues.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: No player aged 21 and under completed more dribbles than @Calteck10 (30) in the Europa League last season— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 24, 2019
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