Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has shed a light on the Achilles injury he suffered last season – admitting he thought it could spell the end of his career.
The 18-year-old picked up the blow in a game against Burnley in April, and missed out on the club’s Europa League final triumph against Arsenal – as well as England’s Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.
He has played four games since making his comeback from the sidelines, and has impressed for Frank Lampard‘s men, chipping in with a goal and three assists in all competitions.
Callum Hudson-Odoi hobbles on crutches during Chelsea’s final home game of 2018-19
But the youngster has conceded that it was initially difficult to imagine being back on the pitch during the ‘dark days’.
‘I wondered if I would be able to play again; that was my first thought,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘I knew I’d done something really serious so I was really concerned. But my family kept me confident that I’d be back to how I was.
‘There were days when I would go into training and I would be sad or disappointed because I could see the boys outside training and you just want to be out there with them.
‘So I had the dark days but at the same time I had positive days as well.’
The 18-year-old looks downbeat as he suffers an achilles injury against Burnley in April
Chelsea’s medical team help Hudson-Odoi off the pitch as he begins the road to recovery
Hudson-Odoi, who has been with the Stamford Bridge outfit since 2007, spoke of the mental toll his injury took on him, having spent many months in the treatment room.
But the star, who was courted by European giants Bayern Munich earlier this year, is feeling happy with his performances since making his return, saying he has been surprised by the immediate impact he has made.
‘I was out for three to four months and it was crazy to even get the injury in the first place,’ he added. ‘It’s something I had to deal with mentally because I’d never experienced an injury like that before.
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‘I’m really delighted with the way I’ve come back. I didn’t expect to get this many assists and to contribute with a goal as well. Hopefully I’ll keep improving and adding goals to my game.’
His manager Lampard will be delighted to add him to his attacking options as Chelsea start ramping up pressure on the top four.
The club already boast an array of English talent who have caught the eye this season, including Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.