A Sad Day; Hutchinson forced to retire due to knee injury

Sam Hutchinson

The 21-year-old youngster has struggled with his fitness for several years, leaving him unable to build on a career that saw him handed his first senior game at the end of the 2006/07 season by former coach Jose Mourinho

The Portuguese coach spoke of his ability to become a key member of the first-team, however despite his immense potential he has consistently been hampered by a recurring knee injury and has now chosen to quit professional football.

Hutchinson had bright prospects after several appearances for the reserves and also earned a place in England’s Under-21 squad, as well as making three appearances last season.

He will now be given support by the club to study sports science at university and will work on his coaching qualifications as part of Chelsea’s coaching academy.

It is a sad day, I was hoping that he would make some cup appearances. I though that he would be an eventual replacement for Ashley Cole, who is entering the twilight of his career.

-KTBFFH

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