Chelsea’s Charly Musonda confident he’s ‘on the right track’ to recovery after FOUR-YEAR injury hell

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda confident he’s ‘on the right track’ to recovery after FOUR-YEAR injury hell… despite being told he had ’20 per cent’ chance of coming back from posterior cruciate ligament damage

  • The Zambian went four years without playing back-to-back football matches 
  • He has trained at Dubai’s Transform Altitude Centre in a bid to salvage his career 
  • But the 24-year-old has underlined he could still have a 10-year career in football 

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda has openly discussed his four-year injury hell but insisted he is set for an ‘incredible comeback’ after suffering chronic knee injuries.

The Zambian, 24, has been at Chelsea since 2012 when he was just 15 years old and was rated as one of the world’s best young players at the age of 16.

He suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in 2016 and has barely played since then, training at Dubai’s Transform Altitude centre in a bid to revive his ailing top-level career.

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda (pictured) has opened up on his four-year injury struggle

But the Zambian, 24, has declared he is back 'on the right track' in his recovery process

But the Zambian, 24, has declared he is back ‘on the right track’ in his recovery process

In an interview with the BBC, Musonda – currently in injury rehabilitation – compared his journey to getting ready for a boxing match.

He said: ‘It’s very difficult to have three years without being able to do what you really love. I would be lying to say it’s been easy, but I’ve always known that some struggles are worth going through.

‘I feel like a fighter now preparing for a boxing match. It would be an incredible comeback – an incredible story. Every day is part of the journey, every day a step closer to coming back. I’m on the right track.

The 23-year-old has revealed that doctors told him the chances of playing again were slim

The 23-year-old has revealed that doctors told him the chances of playing again were slim

Musonda had to watch from the sidelines as fellow Blues academy players broke into the side

Musonda had to watch from the sidelines as fellow Blues academy players broke into the side

‘I do believe if I put a run together and I come back, I can play for a good 10 years. I’m still 24 – if I come back in the prime of my career, I can put a run together – that’s my goal.’

Musonda was told the odds of him returning to football was around 20 per cent, and the odds of hum returning at the highest level and playing for Chelsea was ‘slim to none’.

The injury also meant he was forced to watch from the sidelines as fellow Blues academy prospects like Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham broke into the first-team.

He concluded: ‘I know how hard it is, so I’m really proud of them. Seeing people you’ve grown up with doing so well, you can only be happy. Hopefully, I’ll be able to one day train and play with them again.’

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Aston Villa ‘monitoring Tammy Abraham as Dean Smith looks to reunite with Chelsea’s £40m outcast’

Aston Villa ‘monitoring Tammy Abraham as Dean Smith looks to reunite with Chelsea’s £40m outcast following sensational loan spell during the Villans’ promotion-winning season’

  • Aston Villa are reportedly monitoring Chelsea outcast Tammy Abraham
  • The Englishman, 23, has fallen down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel 
  • The Blues are understood to be open to selling the £40m man this summer
  • Abraham enjoyed a superb loan spell with Villa during their promotion season 
  • Villa are expected to face strong competition for the Chelsea star’s signature 

Aston Villa are reportedly monitoring Tammy Abraham with the out-of-favour Chelsea striker understood to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Englishman, 23, has fallen out of favour under new boss Thomas Tuchel, having enjoyed considerable game time under former manager Frank Lampard before his dismissal in January.

Abraham missed out on the 18-man squad that defeated Manchester City in the FA Cup semi final this month and was an unused sub in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League this week.

Aston Villa are reportedly monitoring Chelsea outcast Tammy Abraham over a summer move

The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour under new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel this season

The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour under new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel this season

The West Londoners are understood to be open to offers for their academy product this summer, and are willing to accept an offer of around £40m to part ways with the striker.

And according to The Mirror, Villa could be an exit option for Abraham, with manager Dean Smith reportedly keen on reuniting with the striker following his strong loan spell with the club two seasons ago.

Abraham bagged 26 goals in 40 games for the Villans, helping them win promotion to the Premier League after beating Fulham in the play off final at Wembley.

According to reports, Villa boss Dean Smith may look to reunite with the £40m marksman

According to reports, Villa boss Dean Smith may look to reunite with the £40m marksman  

Abraham enjoyed a superb loan spell with Villa two years ago, scoring 26 goals in 40 games

Abraham enjoyed a superb loan spell with Villa two years ago, scoring 26 goals in 40 games

The West Midlands outfit were interested in making Abraham’s stay permanent upon their promotion to the top flight, but the Blues were unwilling to sell the striker at the time.

The 23-year-old still has connections with the Villa squad, with Chelsea legend John Terry still a coach working alongside Smith in the dugout.

Abraham’s contract runs out in 2023 and he would certainly add the firepower needed at Villa with the club heavily relying upon talisman Jack Grealish.

Villa have enjoyed a superb second season in the top flight this campaign, but would face strong competition for Abraham’s signature with Leicester City reportedly keeping tabs on the Englishman.  

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Chelsea ‘open to selling out-of-favour striker Tammy Abraham for £40m this summer’

Chelsea ‘open to selling out-of-favour striker Tammy Abraham for £40m this summer with Olivier Giroud also set to leave as they look to raise funds for Erling Haaland or Romelu Lukaku’

  • Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham could reportedly be allowed to leave for £40m
  • The 23-year-old has fallen down pecking order under Thomas Tuchel at Blues
  • Veteran striker Olivier Giroud is also set to depart to get his wages off the books
  • Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland or Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku are targets 

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham could reportedly be allowed to leave the club for £40million this summer.

The 23-year-old has fallen down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge and has struggled to force his way into the German’s plans since returning from injury earlier this month.

The Blues are prepared to sell the English striker if they receive a bid of at least £40m, according to The Telegraph

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham could reportedly be allowed to leave the club for £40million

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is a Chelsea transfer target

As is Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea are interested in signing strikers Erling Haaland (L) or Romelu Lukaku (R) this summer

The report claims that the Blues are keen to offload Abraham and veteran striker Olivier Giroud in order to raise funds for Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland or Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.

Allowing Abraham and Giroud, who is also out of favour, to depart would reportedly remove £200,000 per week off the books.

Abraham has returned from an ankle injury sustained at the end of February, but he was left out of the FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City and played just three minutes at the weekend in the win against West Ham.

The forward last appeared in Tuchel’s starting XI on February 20 but he was brought off at half-time in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.

It’s no secret that Chelsea are interested in in-demand striker Haaland or even a reunion with Lukaku, who was shipped out on loan during his three years at the club between 2011 and 2014. 

Tuchel has trusted the No 9 responsibilities with £53m summer signing Timo Werner despite his struggles in front of goal. Werner did end his two-month goal drought last weekend but missed a glorious chance in their 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

Veteran Blues striker Olivier Giroud is also set to depart to get his wages off the books

Veteran Blues striker Olivier Giroud is also set to depart to get his wages off the books

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand claims Abraham is being treated unfairly by Tuchel in comparison to Werner.

He told BT Sport: ‘It’s crazy. A young player, does he get the time that a Timo Werner, new signing gets when they come in?’

‘And they’re not treated with as much care and understanding of their character and cotton wool that a new signing gets.

‘A new signing gets the investment but you’re investing in a young player. A young player adds so much value to a team but they don’t ever get that time or patience that a new signing gets.

Abraham, 23, has fallen down the pecking order with Timo Werner used by Thomas Tuchel

Abraham, 23, has fallen down the pecking order with Timo Werner used by Thomas Tuchel 

‘Tammy wouldn’t get the time Timo gets. He [Werner] scored at the weekend but he missed a sitter at the weekend. He missed another tonight.

‘If you’re Tammy, you’re sitting there going, “Right OK, I’ve got to be playing at least at the weekend to get myself in the shop window for the next game against Madrid.” 

Abraham is Chelsea’s top scorer with 12 goals this campaign, which have come from 31 appearances across all competitions. By comparison, Werner has scored 11 goals in 44 matches this season. 

Ferdinand’s fellow BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman added: ‘Everybody labels Timo Werner as not a natural finisher and yet again tonight it’s been proven right to a certain extent,’ McManaman said.

‘You still feel he will not score enough goals. That first one today, it was a good save but he should’ve scored, he should’ve set Chelsea on their way to a victory tonight. 

‘If you’re Tammy Abraham, or Giroud, you’re thinking, “what do I need to do to play tonight?”

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