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With players who weren’t involved in international competitions this summer set to return to Cobham this week for preseason, players like Reece James, Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek won’t be a part of the group yet as they are still recovering from injury.
The Blues were unlucky with some injuries towards the end of the 2018/19, having gone through the majority of the season almost injury free.
So how have our injured players been recovering?
1. Callum Hudson-Odoi
The 18 year old winger suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon injury in April’s 2-2 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge which ended his season. Hudson-Odoi was expected to be out until the end of the year but he is making a quicker than expected return.
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.
He won’t be expected to return for the season’s opener against Manchester United but he could be available for selection within the first few opening games of the season.
2. Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Just like Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek ruptured his Achilles’ tendon. He picked up the injury just before the Europa League final in the post-season friendly against New England Revolution in the USA.
Loftus-Cheek’s injury is more serious than Hudson-Odoi’s, meaning that it may take him longer to make a full recovery.
Loftus-Cheek is back at Cobham undergoing treatment but it is highly unlikely he will be fit for the start of next season, with anything as late as November being on the cards for the England international.
Loftus-Cheek will be gutted about the injury as he had just established himself as an important player in the team before picking the injury.
3. Antonio Rudiger
Antonio Rudiger missed the last five games of the season due to a knee injury he suffered during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United. Rudiger had a successful surgery in April and he recently gave an update that his rehab is going well.
It is highly unlikely Rudiger will be available for selection for the start of the season so David Luiz and Andreas Christensen are expected to start against Manchester United.
4. Reece James
Reece James enjoyed a brilliant season on loan at Championship club Wigan Athletic, winning the club’s player, players’ player and goal of the year award before suffering an injury setback during England U20s 2-1 defeat to Chile in the Toulon Tournament last month.
There were worries that surgery may also be required but that was avoided as the injury wasn’t worse as first feared.
James is fighting to be back in time for pre-season, however that is unlikely and he could be back for the start of the campaign, with reports suggesting that he could be back in training by the end of the month.