Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a fantastic goal yesterday, but was unable to finish out the game. Ruben Loftus-Cheek played the second-half, but had a date with the trainers afterwards to get checked out.
Almost three years after tearing their Achilles tendons within weeks of each other, the after-effects of those injuries remain a lingering concern for both. That’s just how it goes with such massive, often career-changing injuries.
Callum’s injury was the less severe of the two, but after receiving a heavy kick from behind on his ankle in the first half (which earned Chesterfield’s Jeff King a yellow card), he started “feeling it” again, as revealed by head coach Thomas Tuchel after the game.
“Hudson-Odoi felt his Achilles again, so we did not take a risk there.”
-Thomas Tuchel; source: Tribuna
Meanwhile, (Captain!) Ruben’s Achilles is also something we’re monitoring actively still, with the midfielder set to have it assessed as well.
“We have to see if there is a reaction to Ruben’s achilles.”
-Thomas Tuchel; source: Chelsea TV via SI
Presumably neither player is dealing with an actual problem, but even after all this time, such major injuries (Achilles, ACL, etc.) can remain a constant concern — physically and often mentally as well. Playing it safe is the correct approach.