Chelsea manager Frank Lampard provides positive update on Callum Hudson-Odoi’s return from injury

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been out of action since April (Picture: Getty Images)

Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to return from his Achilles tendon injury in September, according to Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, who says the ‘injury looks good’.

The England international has been out of action since he damaged the tendon in April in a Premier League match against Burnley.

The 18-year-old was told he was likely to be out for six months but his recovery has been impressive and he now looks set to be back in action within five months.

‘He’s getting closer. He’s trained the last week or two with the Under-23s and is looking good,’ said Lampard in a press conference on Friday. ‘There is going to be a period of conditioning work for him.

‘The injury looks good which is the great news. Then he’s going to have to be fitter than he’s ever been because I’m going to want him to run!’

Hudson-Odoi was injured in April against Burnley (Picture: Getty Images)

When asked when the winger is likely to be back, Lampard said: ‘Probably next month considering the international break maybe falling at a good time for us. It gives us a couple of weeks to really see how he’s getting on with the conditioning training.

‘It’s good news for us. It’s slightly gone amiss with the transfer ban and the obsession with young players, but we are missing six players from the squad, including Reece James, big players. As they are coming back it’s going to make us stronger.’

Two of those players are Antonio Rudiger and Willian who have been out through injury but could both return against Leicester on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

‘Rudiger is training,’ Lampard continued. ‘Whether he’s completely match fit is a different thing, for the same reasons as Callum, a bit of conditioning [needed].

‘Willian is probably closer. They are both in contention for the weekend.’

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