Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that Callum Hudson-Odoi has made such good progress after recovering from an Achilles injury that he may even consider selecting him for tomorrow’s game against Valencia.
The 18-year-old played an hour for the Under 23s on Friday night and has been back in full training for a while. Lampard does believe, though, that the Blues’ match against Grimsby later this month is likely to be the match he’ll get his first start:
“The way he played [on Friday], I think he’s not far away. He’s been training with us now for two or three weeks. We’ve got the Carabao Cup coming the midweek next and that will maybe be an opportunity to look at players who have been injured or different options.”
“In between, if players, if Callum, shows this week how good he is in training I’ll have to consider him probably from now on.”
Reece James is also likely to make an appearance in the Carabao Cup third-round tie and fans will be keenly awaiting the return of both players.
The introduction of even more young players will excite supporters, especially after how impressive the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount were in the 5-2 win over Wolves at the weekend.
Lampard’s faith in youth has certainly paid off so far, and Hudson-Odoi and James’s return will only boost the good feeling around Stamford Bridge.