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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi played his first game of competitive football in five months as Chelsea U23s defeated Brighton 2-1. Reece James also made his comeback in this game.
Hudson-Odoi has been out with a ruptured Achilles tendon since late April, and he was very impressive against Brighton and even got an assist in the game.
Speaking after the game, Hudson-Odoi said “I felt great.
“It’s good to be back at the Bridge and to play in front of a good crowd because it was a decent turnout.
“I don’t feel any pain at the moment, no problems when I run with the ball so everything is good. My whole body feels good and now it’s about getting more match fitness, which comes from playing in games like this.”
James suffered an ankle injury this summer while away on England international duty, after excelling on loan with Wigan, and he lasted 45 minutes for our development squad.
James revealed he had recently suffered a setback in his comeback from injury but was remaining focused on improving every day.
“It was getting better and then I had a little setback so I had to stay strong and keep moving forward to get back out on the pitch as soon as I could,” he said.
“It was always the plan [to play 45 minutes] because obviously I’ve been out for a long time so I’m just getting back into the swing of things and we’ll take things from here.”
For Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, he’ll be happy that the duo are coming back from long-term injuries to come and help the squad.