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Callum Hudson-Odoi is still part of Frank Lampard’s plans despite being left out of the squad for the Tottenham game, and will feature against Sevilla.

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The winger was a main focus of the pre-match press conference having scored in last week’s win over Rennes but being left out of the Premier League squad at the weekend.

“He got a really really bad injury and I think for a big part of last season, the back end and even this season Callum made these quotes himself when he was away on international duty that he was feeling the injury a little bit.

“He is still a very young man. So, unfortunately for him, because it’s not nice to tell someone they are not in the squad, but I have to see the bigger picture,” said Lampard

Hudson-Odoi has appeared mostly off the bench this season and played in half of Chelsea’s Premier League games but featured in all four Champions’ League group games.

“I know that Callum has hundreds of games, hopefully, in front him and progression to make and will have a big impact because of the talent. As long as he has the hard work which he has shown at the minute. In the short term he might not like it.”

Another player returning to the squad is Billy Gilmour, who Lampard hopes will play a part in the final two group games. The midfielder has missed out on game time due to the bubbles at Cobham but early qualification for the knockout stage provides an opportunity to give him valuable match time.

Sub-Edited by Marcus Otty

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