Injury against Burnley means Chelsea teenager is set to also miss UEFA Nations League Finals
In unfortunate news, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in his side’s 2-2 draw with Burnley last night and will miss the rest of the season.
The 18-year-old was taken off in the 41st minute, the English teenager was chasing down Charlie Taylor in the Burnley half when he pulled up after appearing to roll his ankle while sprinting.
After collapsing to the ground in agony, he picked himself up. But just minutes later, it was soon clear that his evening was over as he signalled to the bench and was replaced by Pedro.
After the game, Chelsea Assistant Manager Gianfranco Zola was not confident of the injury being not serious, with the winger then confirming himself the extent of his injury via social media and could very well miss the start of the 2019-2020 season.
Hudson-Odoi has excelled for Maurizio Sarri’s team over recent weeks, with last night’s game against Burnley being his fourth consecutive start in the league after finally making his first Premier League start in the recent 3-0 victory over Brighton.
The player had previously been frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities, and even handed in a formal transfer request in January in the hope of forcing through a move to Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.
Yet there is hope building within the club’s hierarchy that the youngster, a product of Chelsea’s academy, could very well commit his future beyond the expiry of his current contract in 2020 given his recent progress and trust by the first-team management.
Hudson-Odoi played 24 times this term (contributing six goals and seven assists) and made his first senior England appearances against the Czech Republic and Montenegro last month.
The injury is a blow to Chelsea as they continue their fight for a top-four spot in the Premier League and also face Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, but also to England ahead of the UEFA Nations League Finals in June.
The full extent of the injury will not be confirmed until tomorrow at the earliest after Hudson-Odoi can be examined by Chelsea’s medical staff and a proper diagnosis can be made.
On behalf of every single Chelsea supporter around the world, we at Chelsea Echo wish Callum a speedy recovery and he returns from this stronger and better than before.