18-year-old Chelsea injured attacker will come back to training next week

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been pencilled in to play a part for Blues U23s in their match with Brighton on Friday as he steps up his recovery from a severe Achilles injury. England international has been sidelined for the past five months after suffering a ruptured Achilles while playing for the Blues with Burnley towards the end of last campaign.

Initially, Callum was expected to be out of action until October at the earliest, such as the severity of the injury, but he surprised Blues staff by returning to training in August. Following Blues 2-2 draw with Sheffield United on August 31, Hudson-Odoi revealed that he could be back in contention for Chelsea after the international break.

‘Recovery has gone well, I feel good, so hopefully, I’ll be returning after the international break,’ Callum said. ‘It was something that I was scared would take longer, but recovery has gone well and soon for myself, and I’m happy everything has gone to plan.’

The 18-year-old attacker has continued to step up his recovery since and could be involved for Andy Myers’ U23 squad for the Brighton match, should he be deemed fit enough to take part. In further good news for Blues, it looks as though English starlet will finally put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at London club.

Bayern Munich were desperate to sign Callum to help compensate for the losses of Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben, but he now looks ready to remain in Chelsea. Hudson-Odoi could sign a new £180,000-a-week contract with the Blues over the next week or so.