Their fear wasn’t just about how Callum Hudson-Odoi will recover from the dreaded virus but whether they have not contracted the virus from him since almost all of them had contacts with him before he was diagnosed with the virus.
Recall that Hudson-Odoi was diagnosed with the virus in March after Chelsea and Everton Premier League match, days before the league was suspended indefinitely.
He was tested when he developed symptoms of the virus and the test returned positive. Hence, the whole Chelsea squad was isolated for 14 days before they were allowed to return to their families.
“Yes, I think not only me, but the whole team was worried about that (Hudson-Odoi being a carrier of the virus),” Willian said.
“Because he was at the game against Everton and went to the dressing room, we shook hands and hugged each other.
“So after that, when he tested positive for the coronavirus, I think everyone was worried about it. But none of us felt any symptoms after that.
“So everyone is healthy, nobody had a problem after that game and week. That was good.”
Hudson-Odoi has been allowed to rejoin his family early this month after he was tested negative for the virus twice, meaning that he doesn’t have the virus anymore.
Willian Calls for Caution
Meanwhile, in the same mode of being afraid, Willian who would be out of contract with Chelsea on June 30, said it is not still safe for the players to resume the league and play behind-closed-doors.
The Chelsea man said he is worried that a player who has the virus might feature in a match played behind closed doors and still spread it to other players on the pitch who in turn will spread it to their families at home.
“I think it’s not a bad idea (to return behind closed doors) but they have to know very carefully what’s going to happen”, he told Sky Sports.
“Maybe a player can have the virus and we play against each other. I play against someone and I get the virus then I go home after the game to stay with my family and pass the virus to my wife or daughters.
“So we have to be careful about that.”
The player added that he will spend the rest of the 2019-2020 season with Chelsea before he makes his next move.