Hudson-Odoi told what to do to break into the Chelsea team in the absence of three senior players

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It’s now or never for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to have a go in the first team.

Following the injury to Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku in the game against Malmo, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel now has three of his forward players out injured.

Hudson-Odoi came on for the injured Werner just before half-time on Wednesday and he put in a good shift.

With limited players upfront, the 20-year-old could have the chance to get a run in the team, and former Blues ace Joe Cole has told the pacey winger to step up.

“Callum has to step up. He affected the game tonight and he needs to continue to do this,” Cole said during BT Sport’s coverage of the match against Malmo.

“Callum’s been playing the right wing-back position which is arguably the toughest position to get to at Chelsea because you have got the club captain Azpilicueta and Reece James who is one of the best in the country.

“He wants to play in that front three and I feel like he has the opportunity to do that now. He needs to keep being positive – get the ball and drive.

“In full flight there’s not many better than him. He can go both ways. He’s really believing in himself and getting back to the core of what he is as a footballer because when he gets the ball and drives inside and out he can be unstoppable.

“It’s a big few weeks for him.”

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