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Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi was criticised by several Chelsea fans after the 2-0 defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day with some fans even suggesting the club sell the winger.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists Hudson-Odoi deserves to be afforded the time to ease back to his best as he continues to shake off his long-term heel injury.
Hudson-Odoi suffered a torn Achilles tendon in April that kept him out for several months.
“I thought he put in a lot of effort; he was trying things and making runs,” said Lampard.
“It wasn’t quite coming off for him in the first half, and overall in fact.
“He’s coming off the back of a big injury and this is certainly a period where we have to stick with him through that.”