After a mixed start to the Premier League season for Chelsea, Frank Lampard’s side are set for a welcomed boost with Callum Hudson-Odoi nearing a return to action. The 18-year-old attacker has been sidelined since April when he ruptured his Achilles in a 2-2 draw against Burnley.It was an otherwise breakthrough season for Hudson-Odoi, who scored four times in the Europa League for the Blues as they went on to claim the title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Given a full pre-season to focus on recovery, the teenager revealed just how close he is to a return, with Chelsea struggling for consistency early on in the season.”Recovery has gone really well and I feel good,” Hudson-Odoi told Sky Sports News.”Hopefully I can be back after the international break. We have to just get things going and hopefully everything goes to plan.”I was scared it could take longer but really recovery has gone very well and I am really happy everything has gone to plan.”Now I just can’t wait to get back on the pitch and start playing again.”The Blues have won just one of their first four league games under Lampard, squandering a 2-0 lead on Saturday as they drew 2-2 with Sheffield United. While Lampard has failed to hit the ground running on his return to Stamford Bridge, Hudson-Odoi is looking forward to being given a chance to shine under him. “He is a top manager, I’ve said it from the start. He’s there and he’s giving youth a chance,” he said.”He says to us if you work hard and believe in yourself you will get your chance.”Lampard himself has expressed his excitement at being able to soon unleash the England attacker. “The injury looks good which is the great news,” Lampard said in August.”Then he’s going to have to be fitter than he’s ever been because I’m going to want him to run!”Currently ninth in the Premier League, Chelsea will return to action after the international break with an away match against Wolves on September 14. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
A vote will be missing around the Norfolk council table for the next month.Waterford-area Coun. Kim Huffman served notice this week that she is taking an unpaid leave-of-absence from her council duties while she campaigns for the local Liberals in the Oct. 21 federal election.Huffman did not attend Tuesday’s council meeting. Mayor Kristal Chopp relayed Huffman’s decision to the public.“Being a woman and a wife and a mother of four, sometimes I think I can do everything,” Huffman said Wednesday.“But I can’t believe how it has amped up over the past week. It’s crazy. It’s a lot. There aren’t enough hours in a day.”Not only does Huffman have dozens of Liberal volunteers counting on her every day, there is a lot of geography to overcome as well. The riding of Haldimand-Norfolk has an area of 3,000 square kilometres.Huffman said a campaign event in Port Rowan or Dunnville can occupy the better part of a day due to travel time alone.“I didn’t want to do just an adequate job at both,” Huffman said. “It’s a large riding.”Huffman will not collect her council pay during her leave.In the interim, Ward 7 constituents who have an issue are asked to relay their thoughts and concerns to Huffman’s seven council colleagues. Huffman says all council members subscribe to the “all-Norfolk approach” that was frequently mentioned during last fall’s municipal election.Huffman added that constituents should not expect the mayor to tend to ward issues because the latter is occupied with a full slate of county-wide concerns.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com