Hutchinson prepares for surprise Chelsea return

Sam Hutchinson will cap his remarkable comeback to Chelsea by securing a place in the side’s Premier League squad on January 2nd against Wolves, The Daily Mail reports.

The 22 year old defender announced his retirement from football 18 months ago after a degenerative condition in his right knee. Hutchinson can operate at right back or centre half and has come back from retirement to earn a place in the Blues first team squad. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas will give Hutchinson the number 27 shirt and will name him in the 25 man squad when January comes around.

Hutchinson could be in contention when Chelsea travel to Molineux to take on Wolves on January 2nd. Villas-Boas is short of options in defence and had to name 17 year old Nathaniel Chalobah in his squad for the Fulham game on Boxing Day. Chelsea have suffered injuries to Jose Bosingwa and Branislav Ivanovic and Brazilian defender Alex is transfer-listed. Hutchinson will return to the fringes of the first team after he was given his first team debut as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Everton on May 13th 2007.

Villas-Boas could have recalled Alex, but insists that he will not use the defender after transfer-listing him. The Chelsea boss said: ‘We do not accept a transfer request and put people training apart and then dial 999 and ask for help’.

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