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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi picked up an injury while trying to control a ball during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Burnley on Monday night at Stamford Bridge.
The game against Burnley was Hudson-Odoi’s fourth consecutive Premier League game for Chelsea, and the 18-year-old had to be subbed off in the first-half.
Hudson-Odoi had to be helped off the pitch by the Chelsea medical staff, and was applauded by the Matthew Harding stand as he slowly made his way around the pitch. He left Stamford Bridge on crutches and wearing a protective boot and admitted on social media after the game that his season was over after he ruptured his achilles.
Hudson-Odoi wrote: “Really gutted to end my season with a ruptured achilles, gotta work hard and try and come back stronger for next season!!!”
Chelsea Football Club has this evening released the following statement: “Callum is seeing a specialist this afternoon and is expected to undergo surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon this evening.”
Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola revealed after the game that Hudson-Odoi’s injury looked quite serious.
“Hudson it looks a serious thing. Before I can tell you how serious, we have to wait until tomorrow. But it’s not looking good. It’s a problem with his Achilles tendon,” Zola said.
It has indeed been a breakthrough year for Hudson-Odoi as he made his England debut during last month’s international break at just the age of 18, coming off as a sub against Czech Republic before starting the 5-0 win in Montenegro.
The draw against Burnley marked his 28th Chelsea appearance of the season, and he has netted five goals this season.