Callum Hudson-Odoi played his first game of competitive football in five months as Chelsea U23s gave two injured youngsters the chance to make their comeback last night.
Hudson-Odoi ruptured his Achilles tendon back in April, ending his season and keeping him out for the whole summer.
The 18-year-old had surgery on the injury but was handed a boost when new Chelsea manager Frank Lampard offered him a new five-year contract.
However, an agreement has yet to materialise and may hinge on Hudson-Odoi making a full recovery, starting with his appearance in Premier League 2 last night.
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The twice capped England international was named in the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge and last 61 minutes before being replaced by Faustino Anjorin.
Hudson-Odoi also registered an assist, slipping the ball to Henry Lawrence for him to bend it into the far corner and open the scoring after 19 minutes.
Marcel Lewis doubled the lead in the second half and although Brighton did grab a consolation goal in stoppage time, there were plenty of positives for Chelsea on the night.
As well as Hudson-Odois return, Reece James played for the first time since picking up an injury over the summer playing for England U20s at the Toulon Tournament.
First 45mins in 4 months, James said on social media afterwards.
Great feeling to be back out there. Thanks for the support!!
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