Opinion: Injury blow to Chelsea star couldn’t have come at a worse time

Lane Dias December 7, 2020
Opinion: Injury blow to Chelsea star couldn’t have come at a worse time
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard confirmed winger Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered a hamstring injury in training ahead of the Blues final Champions League group stage fixture against Krasnodar, speaking to the club’s official website.

Just as it looked as though the promising 20-year-old was going to get an opportunity to express himself, and in front of a fans again at Stamford Bridge, the latest knock certainly deals a setback for a player who has been eager to impress.

Hudson-Odoi is one who has been touted by Europe’s elite, with Bayern Munich reportedly interested in signing the youngster.

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Chelsea career

The forward has been looking for constant game time since making his senior team debut in January 2018.

He made 33 appearances last season in all competitions, registering one attacking return (nine) fewer than in his previous term. That campaign was the first season in which he managed double figures.

The winger has featured 12 times this season and has been on the scoresheet on three occasions, all crucial goals.

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He came on at half-time, scoring the Blues’ second of the match, to inspire a second-half comeback with West Bromwich Albion in the league. They ended up salvaging a point having trailed 3-0.

But it is his performances in Europe that have caught the eye.

Setting Europe ablaze

The youngster is currently the club’s second-highest scorer in Europe since January 2018 with six goals. The figure is only bettered by Olivier Giroud, who has 11 more.

Hudson-Odoi has featured in every Champions League encounter so far and arguably would have started tomorrow.

He scored the opening goal against Tuesday’s opponents in a 4-0 reverse win on matchday two. The Englishman also showed great composure to latch on to Mason Mount’s lofted pass and fire home against Rennes.

He also completed 90 minutes in Chelsea’s crucial win over Sevilla in their last European outing.

Injury blow

Considering the Pensioners have already sealed top spot in the group and guaranteed their place in the last 16, one may argue Lampard would have rested several first-team regulars against Krasnodar.

That would have paved the way for the 20-year-old to be involved. And he certainly would have been in contention to start.

Time will tell whether Hudson-Odoi will get another stint in the starting XI. With competition for places high, the winger will need to take every opportunity her gets.

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