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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard gives Callum Hudson Odoi return update ahead of Valencia tie

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard revealed that young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is close to returning to first-team action, and could make his return against Valencia in the Champions League.Chelsea youngster Hudson-Odoi has been out since April after suffering from an Achillies injury.The 18-year-old, who became a breakout success during Maurizio Sarri’s brief tenure at Stamford Bridge, suffered the injury at the end of last season.

After starting to break into the first-team, and emerging as a future starting winger, the star was struck down with the injury against Burnley back in April. Related articles
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Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all emerged as first-team players this season, and Hudson-Odoi is likely to join that trident of youth.The winger played for Chelsea under-21s on Friday, and Lampard confirmed on Sunday that he had spoken to the wonderkid about his progress.“I did watch him and I have spoken with him,” Lampard said.

“I think hes not far off.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is close to a return to first-team football (Image: GETTY)
Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has been in training for a few weeks now (Image: GETTY)I think we have to be careful because it was a big injury, a major injury, and what we have done is actually get him back ahead of time.

We have to make sure the strength is right in the area because it could lead to other injuries if we go too soon, too quickly.“But the way he played [on Friday], I think hes not far away. Hes been training with us now for two or three weeks.Lampard will make his Champions League managerial debut against Valencia, and the boss explained that he can’t wait to get going.

Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi could return this week (Image: GETTY) He did, however, fire a warning to his defenders ahead of Tuesday’s game.“We need more clean sheets, thats something we continually need to work on,” Lampard continued.But, yeah - the Champions League.

. It is the top club competition in world football and Im sure Mason and Tammy and Tomori are all excited for it.All the players should be, all players love the Champions League - and Im looking forward to my debut as a manager.”..

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