Pedro forced off with hamstring injury in blow for Chelsea at Watford

Pedro forced off with hamstring injury in blow for Chelsea at Watford

The Spanish forward limped off with an apparent hamstring injury in the game against Watford.

He was replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi in the 43rd minute.

Chelsea fans have been calling for teenage starlet Hudson-Odoi to be brought in for weeks – but the 18-year-old is making his first Premier League appearance of the season.

The Londoner, who has helped Chelsea win numerous trophies at youth level and also won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, has been a regular on the bench this season.

But he has found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

 

However, with manager Maurizio Sarri clearly not fancying Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata, Hudson-Odoi got his chance.

Giroud remained on the bench while Morata, who returned to training last week, was left out of the match day squad altogether.

Hudson-Odoi has been attracting major interest from Europe's top clubs – with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich among those interested.

Dortmund, who have found great success with Jadon Sancho, are believed to have even asked for Hudson-Odoi in exchange for Christian Pulisic – an offer the Blues rejected.

Sancho, who has seven goals and nine assists for Dortmund this season, sat on the bench with Hudson-Odoi starting the U17 final last year.

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