Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi is calming injury fears for the England Under 21 as he tries to prove his fitness after a shoulder problem in time for the clash with Croatia.
- Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi picked up the injury during a workout
- The 20-year-old started England’s Under 21s opening game against Switzerland
- England U21s are likely to leave the tournament after losing their first two games
Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi missed the England Under-21 group stage defeat against Portugal on Sunday due to a shoulder problem.
The Blues winger picked up the injury in practice but was not sent back to his club and will return on Wednesday for England’s last European Group Championship match against Croatia.
The young Lions are likely to leave the tournament after losing their opening game 1-0 to Switzerland and their second 2-0 to Portugal.
Callum Hudson-Odoi missed England’s under-21 defeat against Portugal on Sunday due to an injury
Chelsea’s 20-year-old winger is expected to be fit for Wednesday’s game against Croatia
England now has to beat Croatia on Wednesday and hope that Portugal beats Switzerland for any chance of progressing from Group D.
If the young Lions and Portugal both win, it boils down to a head-to-head battle between England, Croatia and Switzerland for one place. Such an occurrence is likely to be resolved by goal difference.
Hudson-Odoi started England’s first game, but was unavailable for the second game after suffering a shoulder injury.
English boss Aidy Boothroyd stressed the importance of the 20-year-old for their defeat against Portugal.
“We need Callum. We need them all. We have 23 excellent players, but only 11 places, ”said Boothroyd.
Chelsea star Mason Mount scored England’s second goal in the 2-0 win over Albania
Callum is a player who has performed brilliantly for his club and for us. He is a major player. It is important that we share the load of this particular game. ‘
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has also left Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount with the senior England team.
All three started in San Marino’s 5-0 demolition at Wembley, while Mount also played in Albania’s 2-0 win on Sunday, scoring England’s second.
However, N’Golo Kante has returned to London after sustaining an injury during his international service. The Blues midfielder felt uncomfortable in his hamstring during France’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Wednesday.
The Chelsea host’s relegation threatened West Brom in their first game after the international break.