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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered an Achilles tendon rupture in a match against Burnley in April last season which forced the 18 year to miss the final weeks of last season.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has given a positive update on Hudson-Odoi’s injury recovery.
According to Lampard, the 18 year old is ahead of schedule in his recovery and is close to returning to training.
“He’s not training with us yet but the injury is coming on well,” Lampard said, according to Goal.
“He is ahead of schedule. I get scared of saying [it] but from the first diagnosis he’s ahead of schedule.
“But there will be a period for Callum where his injury is fine and then he needs to get fit to play in this team because it will be demanding with the way I want to play, from front to back.
“He’s not far away and I know he’s done everything he can to be fit through the summer and the medical team have been very good. We’re getting close.”
Lampard also confirmed Hudson-Odoi is close to signing a new contract.
“I think agreed would mean signed so we’re not quite there but what’s very clear is the club are working towards that,” Lampard said about talks to renew Hudson-Odoi’s deal. “Talks moved on very well in the last week or two but it’s not done yet.
“The one thing that’s clear to me is I want to keep him here. He’s a player we cherish. Players who come through the academy are the present and the future of the club so we’re doing everything we can to get there. I hope it’s news to be confirmed soon.”