Callum Hudson-Odoi was forced to miss out on Chelsea’s behind-closed-doors friendly against QPR on Sunday due to an ankle knock but the winger has overcome the injury to give Frank Lampard a full squad of options ahead of the Premier League’s restart.
The 19-year-old will be aiming to take to the pitch against Aston Villa this coming weekend, having missed the Blues’ 7-1 drubbing of QPR which followed on from a 1-0 victory over Reading at Chelsea’s Cobham Training Centre.
Fellow youngster Reece James had missed several sessions through injury but was able to play a part in the club’s latest warm-up clash. In addition, N’Golo Kante started against QPR after originally staying away from training due to fear of contracting Covid-19.
The France international only began ‘phase two’ contact training last week after Premier League clubs were given the green light to return to training three weeks ago.
In general, the lockdown period following the coronavirus outbreak has allowed Lampard to see some of his players come back after an injury crisis hit the club before the stoppage.
Mateo Kovacic, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic were all out ahead of the break in play in March but are since back fit.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s two goals against QPR gives Lampard cause for optimism after he has spent over a year out following tearing his Achilles tendon in a post-season friendly against the New England Revolution.
Source: News update