Callum Hudson-Odoi Admits He Feared Career Was Over After Serious Knee Injury

​Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed his Achilles tendon injury left him worried he would never play professional football again.

After being made to wait for a chance to shine at Stamford Bridge, the 18-year-old winger broke into the Blues first-team setup over the winter of 2018/19. He struck five goals in 24 games last term, impressing supporters and international selectors particularly during Chelsea winning Europa League run, before rupturing knee ligaments against Burnley in April.

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Hudson-Odoi made his return to the pitch on 25 September during ​Chelsea’s 7-1 trouncing of Grimsby Town in the League Cup, the youngster netting with a last-minute effort.

Speaking to ​Sky Sports about his time on the treatment table, the teenager said: “I wondered if I would be able to play again; that was my first thought. I knew I’d done something really serious, so I was really concerned.

But, my family kept me confident that I’d be back to how I was. There were days when I would go into training and I would be sad or disappointed because I could see the boys outside training and you just want to be out there with them.”

Hudson-Odoi continued to explain his mental state during recovery, stating: “I had the dark days, but at the same time I had positive days, as well. When it came, it was more anger for me because everything was going as I wanted it to go.

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“I was playing games, I’d got called to the national team – everything was going perfectly. There were big games coming up. But, I knew when I came back I’d be stronger than I was before.”

The teenager’s stellar form prior to the incident versus ​Burnley saw England coach Gareth Southgate include him in the Three Lions’ squad for matches with Czech Republic and Montenegro in March, with Hudson-Odoi performing well in both victories.


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