Chelsea were ambling towards the fourth round of the FA Cup when Callum Hudson-Odoi, feeling a familiar twinge in his right achilles, went down with no one near him as half-time approached. Hudson-Odoi had been the star of the show, scoring an excellent goal and playing a pivotal role in another, and the sight of him calling for treatment briefly sucked the air out of Stamford Bridge. Everyone feared the worst: a repeat of the ruptured achilles tendon that curtailed the gifted 19-year-old’s progress last season.

Thankfully it was a false alarm. Hudson-Odoi was back on his feet soon enough, free to return to the task of tormenting Nottingham Forest’s full-backs, but it was a reminder of the need to be patient with a young talent who is still working his way back to peak fitness.

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