Callum Hudson-Odoi hoping to hand new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard huge boost as he eyes early September return from achilles injury
- Callum Hudson-Odoi ruptured his achilles against Burnley back in April
- He is on course for an early return after it was feared he would miss six months
- Hudson-Odoi is hoping to hand Frank Lampard boost by returning in September
- He is due to head back to Barcelona, where he had operation, in next fortnight
Callum Hudson-Odoi hopes to hand Frank Lampard a boost by returning from his achilles injury by the start of September.
Chelsea starlet Hudson-Odoi is on course for a quicker than expected return following the setback he suffered when he ruptured his achilles against Burnley in April.
Early fears were that the exciting England winger, 18, would be out of action for at least six months.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is hoping to return to full fitness by September, in a boost for Chelsea
But Hudson-Odoi has made encouraging progress and is in line to return ahead of the initial, anticipated date in welcome news for Stamford Bridge legend Lampard who is on the verge of being appointed Chelsea manager, especially with the club’s transfer ban preventing him adding new faces to the squad he inherits.
Hudson-Odoi posted a clip on social media of him doing some indoor ball work with both feet on Sunday with the message: ‘Recovery is going well, I hope to be soon be back on the pitch, let’s go!!’
He is now waiting for the green light to step up his recovery.
Hudson-Odoi is due to head back to Barcelona, where he had his operation, in the next fortnight for another check-up with the renowned surgeon Ramon Cugat who carried out the procedure to repair his achilles.
Providing Cugat is happy, Hudson-Odoi will be cleared to accelerate his rehabilitation on his return to Chelsea.
Chelsea have four league games in August followed by a two-week international break before they face Wolves in mid-September, by which point Hudson-Odoi could be available again.
The 18-year-old suffered a ruptured achilles against Burnley in April to curtail his season
An early return for Hudson-Odoi would be a huge boost for incoming boss Frank Lampard
Lampard’s imminent appointment and the return of former youth team boss Jody Morris as his assistant will boost Chelsea’s hopes of keeping hold of academy product Hudson-Odoi.
He was keen to leave last season for Bayern Munich, who remain interested in the England starlet, due to his lack of first-team opportunities.
But Chelsea’s use of their youngsters is set to increase improving their chances of tying Hudson-Odoi down.
The two parties remain in talks over a new five-year deal worth at least £100,000-per week.