Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has expressed his relief at returning to the grass following a lengthy injury lay-off.

Some members of the Chelsea squad reconvened on Saturday to begin pre-season preparations, although Hudson-Odoi was already back at the Blues’ Cobham training base as he works on his fitness.

Having shown flashes of his talent in the first part of 2021/22, the 21-year-old injured his Achilles in February and ultimately missed more than a third of the campaign as he was sidelined for the remainder of the season.

However, Hudson-Odoi has seemingly finally put the issue behind him and has begun his preparations for the new season along with a number of his teammates who were not on international duty last month.

Alongside fellow long-term absentee Ben Chilwell, the England international returned from his holidays early and is said to have been working tirelessly in his bid to regain full fitness.

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