Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has acknowledged that he feared suffering a repeat injury of his Achilles during the third round of the FA Cup where the Blues secured a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.
Hudson-Odoi put on a solid performance for Chelsea as he opened the scoreline as well as provide an assist for Ross Barkley.
The 19-year-old sustained a knock to his Achilles during the first half of, an injury he picked up against Burnley in April 2019 and was on the sidelines for five months before returning to action.
"I was walking back and the [Nottingham Forest] player came along and trod on my Achilles. It was a bit of pain but I'm alright now," he told Chelsea TV.
"Obviously there are still times where I think to myself 'if I get kicked on it like today what could happen'. And there are times where I think to myself if I do a certain movement it will go again.
"But now as days at training go by, I think if you're confident and do your strengthening work in the gym, it will still be strong and nothing should happen to it again.
"I've been doing work every day with the conditioning coaches to ensure it's strong enough and nothing else happens to it. I think I'm close to the point I was before."
"Before the game I was thinking there have been times in the season where I've tried to score or assist and it hasn't come off, so in my head, I was thinking 'how am I going to get the goal'. I don't want to think about that, I want to think about how we're going to win.
"The manager told me before the game just to be confident, get in the box as much as possible and if anything you'll get your goal today. It paid off so really happy with that."