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Thomas Tuchel could turn to Callum Hudson-Odoi to fill in for injured Ben Chilwell


Tuchel has used Hudson-Odoi in a wing back role before (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel has named Callum Hudson-Odoi as an option to replace Ben Chilwell at left wing-back.

Chelsea will be without Ben Chilwell for the foreseeable future after the England international was forced off during the 4-0 win over Juventus with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

While the Blues are still confirm the full extent of his layoff he will certainly be unavailable for the busy festive period with 10 games pencilled in across the month of December, starting with the short trip to Watford on Wednesday.

Marcos Alonso has stepped in for Chilwell so far as he did at the start of the season and Tuchel is confident the Spaniard can fill the void during the crucial run of games.

But the Chelsea boss says Hudson-Odoi could be asked to drop back too with ‘other ideas’ also being considered to ensure Alonso isn’t playing every game.

Chilwell facing a spell on the sidelines (Picture: Getty)

‘We have Marcos, who started the season for us when Chilly was in a bit of trouble and in a bit of a difficult moment,’ Tuchel told a press conference on Tuesday.

‘We trust him, we won Premier League games with him, Macros is very experienced.

‘Also we still have Callum who can play on the left side as a wing back.

‘We have some other ideas where we can maybe try, maybe have to try.

‘But first of all Marcos is the one in charge, he is the specialist and he will prove how much he can bring to the team.’

Hudson-Odoi has forced his way back into the first team in recent weeks, starting the club’s last six games.

The 21-year-old briefly dropped into a wing back position on the right following Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge last February.


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