Saturday 25 May 2019

Callum Hudson-Odoi confirms his season is over as he limps out of Chelsea's draw with Burnley

Chelsea's English midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi (C) is helped off after picking up an injury during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge in London on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)
Chelsea's English midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi (C) is helped off after picking up an injury during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge in London on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Chelsea and England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi has confirmed that he will not play again for several months after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in Monday night's 2-2 draw against Burnley.

Hudson-Odoi has forced his way into the first team plans of Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri in recent weeks, but he posted an image on his Twitter account after the game confirming he will face a long recovering period after sustaining a nasty injury likely to keep him on the sidelines for several months.

Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola had earlier offered a gloomy prognosis on Hudson-Odoi after the winger came off in the first half.

"It looks a serious thing, before I can tell you we have to wait until tomorrow but it's not looking good. It's a problem on his Achilles tendon," Zola told Sky Sports.

The injury to Hudson-Odoi was a second blow to Chelsea on a night when they failed to overhaul Tottenham and take third place in the Premier League, on a night when Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was sent to the stands following a late argument with match officials.

"He was very unhappy with a couple of situations which happened on the pitch and why he was sent off," Zola said.

"He went down the line to tell the players to get on with the game and that's been misinterpreted by the referee. I'm unhappy about it and he is.

"When he (Sarri) is on the touchline he moves around a lot because he's very emotional, today he didn't come out (of his technical area) too much. When he went there Kevin misinterpreted what he wanted to do. He just wanted to calm our players down.

"We felt like five minutes wasn't enough to compensate the loss of time. I understand Burnley play their own game but we are very unhappy as five minutes wasn't enough and we couldn't get the rhythm going."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche praised his squad after they all-but secured their Premier League safety.

The draw at Stamford Bridge moved the Clarets onto 40 points and they are nine points ahead of Cardiff, with a better goal difference, with three games left.

"To get to 40 points is a big marker," stated Dyche. "The early part of the season was very tough on everyone, we won't relax but we know unless strange things occur we're in the Premier League next season. We've earned it.

"It's nice to be in this position now. The players have been tremendous. It's 28 points in 16 games.

"The players have been magnificent in doing so. Since Christmas we've outrun every opposition we've played.

"It's a record number of goals we've scored (44). People have called it a bad season, I think it's been a fantastic season.

"I'm pleased we have stuck with it. We believe in the players and they've paid us back from Christmas onwards."

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