Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi had been struggling with a hamstring injury which is why he was substituted during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Watford.
Hudson-Odoi came on as a 43rd minute substitute for the injured Pedro, but with five minutes left in the game he was substituted himself for Emerson Palmieri.
The Blues away end was not happy with the decision from Sarri, booing as the youngster was walking off and then chanting the youngster’s name for the final few minutes of the game.
Maurizio Sarri has now explained that Callum Hudson-Odoi was in fact struggling with a knock and the Italian didn’t want to take any risks going into the end of the win.
“He played for the first time this season in the Premier League, he played for 55 minutes very well. He had a little injury with his hamstring one week ago and ten minutes to go he had pain in the same point. So we preferred to change.
“I can understand [why the fans weren’t happy] but there wasn’t another solution, it was too dangerous.”