CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI is hoping to be fit for the start of next season with Chelsea despite suffering a nightmare injury which could scupper his proposed £40million transfer to Bayern Munich.
The teenage winger will undergo surgery in the next few days after confirming he has ruptured his Achilles tendon.
Hudson-Odoi was hurt in a freak accident during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Burnley on Monday night.
He landed awkwardly trying to control a long clearance from the goal area in the first half and it now means his breakthrough season is over.
Hudson-Odoi, 18, even played on for a few minutes before going to ground.
He was eventually helped off the pitch by Chelsea medical staff and was embraced by boss Maurizio Sarri on his way to the treatment room.
Hudson-Odoi will enter into a period of rehab after his op but is optimistic that with no complications he will be back in around three to four months.
It is a big blow to Chelsea and to England as the rookie recently earned two caps in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.
HOPES FOR RAPID RECOVERY
The injury rules him out of England’s bid for European Nations League glory in Portugal in June. Boss Gareth Southgate is already missing captain Harry Kane with an ankle injury.
The new Premier League campaign kicks off on August 10 when Hudson-Odoi is hopeful he will be fit to continue his progress from Chelsea youth team to first team after making five Premier League starts this season.
Hudson-Odoi was filmed leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches and wearing a protective boot last night.
And that could throw Bayern Munich’s designs on signing the £40m-rated player into disarray.
Latest Chelsea news
Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in January – but now the German giants may not be willing to splash mega cash on an injured player.
And there could be an alternative anyway in £69m-rated Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, whose agent Samit Khiat named only Bayern when talking of a possible summer move.
He said: “We are in discussions with clubs. No decision has been taken. Today, there are no favourites, be it Bayern Munich or another club.”