As if our woeful display and draw against Burnley wasn’t enough, Chelsea’s currently experiencing a ‘when it rains, it pours’ scenario. After losing both Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’golo Kanté due to injury yesterday evening, the Daily Mail just broke the news that Chelsea will have to go without the services of the former for the next 4 months as he’s momentarily preparing to undergo surgery. The academy product was finally receiving minutes and numerous chances in a blue shirt, but this setback undoubtedly spells a premature end to Callum’s season.
The Blues have been trying to claw themselves back into one of the Champions League spots for several months now, and while Chelsea currently find themselves in fourth, the lengthy absence of one of their prized assets, arguably the best attacking option barring Eden Hazard, is a huge blow to any hopes of finishing in the top 4. Completely disregarding the club’s personal ambitions, the severity of rupturing one’s Achilles tendon shouldn’t be underestimated and it remains to be seen whether any permanent limitations come with this injury to the England international (think along the lines of Fernando Torres’ knees).
While this recent development doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise due to the extensiveness of such an injury, there is a spark of hope. We cannot know for how long Hudson-Odoi will be ultimately sidelined, but 4 months isn’t a bad prognosis. Normally, it’s certainly a reasonable assumption for players to need up to 10 months to recover after being given such a diagnosis so Chelsea fans should try and stay positive at this time. The attacking talent is young and we can only hope that he’ll make a speedy recovery.
There’s additionally a silver lining to this situation; the normally well-sourced Telegraph has also been reporting that Chelsea will soon offer Callum Hudson-Odoi an improved and lucrative new contract to show their confidence in the young man despite his injury. While certain unreliable outlets from the German media are trying to make the story seem as if the Blues’ main contenders for the signature of Hudson-Odoi, Bayern Munich, will nevertheless persist with their interest in the highly rated winger, the Telegraph says this injury will actually cool the Bavarian’s interest.
It remains to be seen who’ll ultimately be deemed to have been right, but Chelsea’s chances of retaining his services in the post-Eden Hazard era don’t seem as bleak as they were several weeks ago. In any case, it should be all about Callum Hudson-Odoi getting healthy again for now, as well as him receiving the treatment he needs to return to Stamford Bridge at the start of next season.
Onwards and upwards!
Written by Jimmy Funnell (@JimmyFunnellCFC)