Hudson-Odoi reveals why he fell down in pain against Nottingham Forest

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There was an injury scare for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi as he fell down in pains in the FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest.

The Blues teenager suffered a ruptured Achilles against Burnley in April, and there were fears he was injured yet again, but the 19-year-old was able to stand up afterwards and finish the rest of the game.

Explaining what happened to him, Hudson-Odoi said: “Everything is alright. The player trod on my Achilles which was a bit painful but now it feels alright.

“Fitness wise I am good. Sometimes when you don’t start a game for a long time you feel a bit fatigued but in this game I felt really good and it was not a problem for me.”

Before the game, Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris had challenged Hudson-Odoi to improve his performances for the club but he also insists the 19 year old needs time.

Morris said: “Being away for a year, a lot can happen in a year, especially at such a young age. We all saw what happened with his contract but now that’s done and dusted it is a little bit like let’s knuckle down and get to work.

“The signs at the moment are that he wants to do that. He wants to work hard and improve. The proof is in the pudding and when he gets his chance, he has to make sure he is ready to take it.

“But we do have to keep reminding ourselves that to rupture you Achilles as an 18-year-old, having not played much first-team football and to play the way we want to play then it will take time, I think.

“I think those are things you do have to take into account; you need to give the kid time. Can he do better? Yes. He knows he can do better.”

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