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Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has been out of action since April after rupturing his Achilles tendon.
The 18-year-old was in good form last season having broken into the team and was now a key part of Maurizio Sarri’s squad, until he suffered the injury.
Hudson-Odoi has now revealed how he felt after that injury that made him miss the Europa League final and some key games last season.
Hudson-Odoi told the official Chelsea website: “I was so happy with how things were going because I was getting opportunities and playing well. I was thinking to myself that nothing could go wrong but the injury happened out of nowhere and it put me down for a while, especially because we had big games coming up like the Europa League semi-final.
“Of course it was a blow but it made me mentally stronger and now I just can’t wait to get back playing.”
Hudson-Odoi featured for the Chelsea development squad in the 2-1 win over Brighton, and it was his first game since coming back from injury.
He said: “I played last Friday against Brighton for the development squad and that was a great game for me to come back into because I’d been out for so long. It was a good 60 minutes to get out there and get my legs back to how they were.”
Hudson-Odoi missed the Europa League final against Arsenal, and he has revealed how it was for him.
He said: “I watched the Europa League final at home because the doctor said I couldn’t fly due to my injury. It was a great win against Arsenal and I was buzzing about it!
“It was a good competition for me to be involved and I got most of my goals so far for the club in those games. It was a great feeling for us to win it.
“The FA Cup was the competition in which I made my debut against Newcastle and that was brilliant. It was great to get a few games under Antonio Conte and for me to know the staff were thinking about me then, even though I wasn’t training with them fully at that time.”