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Good to see Sam Hutchinson get a 30 minute run out in a reserve friendly game on Fiday after 11 months out with injury. Hopefully he can put the injury behind him and make the progress in his career that we are looking for. Another JT in the making.

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This was posted in June.


"TalkChelsea.net can exclusively reveal that former Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson may well be making an unlikely comeback – despite having confirmed his retirement at the end of 2010.

The young English defender, whose career highlight thus far was to provide the cross for Frank Lampard’s personal goal of the 2009/10 – the fifth in a 7-0 rout of Stoke at Stamford Bridge – has been seen training at Cobham with the Reserves as he attempts to rehabilitate himself from what seemed to be a career-ending knee injury.

Yet reports from a worker at Cobham – namely a friend of TC member ‘wehatescouse’ – say that the club have paid good money for Hutchinson to go to Dubai for rehabilitation, and the result is an alleged return to training.

Should these reports bear any truth, it would be a welcome boost to see Hutchinson, who also impressed during a 1-0 win over Queen’s Park Rangers in the Carling Cup the same season, back with the team and attempting to make his way into future first team contention.

We all wish Sam the best of luck with his recovery and hope it aids his fitness!"

I'm very happy for Sam. Good on the club to stand by him and help him back. Great piece of news.

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I don't know if anyone's picked up on this, but yesterday a Chelsea XI played Hampton & Richmond. I don't have the team, but I do know that Sam Hutchinson not only played 90 minutes, but also captained the side. Apparently he had a very good game, looked solid in defence. The score, by the way was 4-0 to us. And here's an image of Sam in action, shamelessly nicked from the chat page on the official site:


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Thats brilliant news for Hutch (Sam, not you hutch). It must be a great feeling to be playing any football after thinking your playing days were over.

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Great news!

It was heartbreaking to see him retire just as he was making a name for himself. I wish him the best of luck and -fingers crossed- hopefully he will fully recover his form and eventually make it into the first team.

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An interesting article about the lad. Could he really complete the comeback of all comebacks? I'd certainly love to see him running out for the first team again. It's a long shot but the best of luck to him.


The incredible story of Sam Hutchinson: A Chelsea kid who would not be beaten


Jose Mourinho had him down as the natural replacement for John Terry, a centre back with the touch and talent to make it to the very top.

That was before Sam Hutchinson’s career was cruelly cut short last August when his right knee gave up on him and he was forced to retire at 21.

But on Monday night his remarkable journey continued, as Hutchinson puffed out his chest and pulled on the captain’s armband to lead out Chelsea’s reserves against Aston Villa.

At Stamford Bridge, Hutchinson is known as the kid who refuses to give in. He has a special affinity with the club as one of the few players at Chelsea scouted locally and brought through the ranks, but it has been a difficult road.

The England Under 21 international was groomed for success by Mourinho but his knee gave in and Chelsea confirmed that one of the country’s most promising talents had quit.

And he was back where he wants to be: mixing it with Aston Villa’s second string, getting stuck into the familiar names of Marc Albrighton and Carlos Cuellar at Hinckley United’s De Montfort Park.

His commitment was unquestionable, bursting forward from right back before making lung-bursting runs to resume his defensive duties. He completed the 90 minutes.

Hutchinson’s determination has surprised Chelsea’s medical staff. They are stunned by his resilience after a year out.

It is too soon to talk of another contract at Chelsea, although Academy director Neil Bath was in the stands, assessing what for Hutchinson is the comeback of all comebacks.

Chelsea were good to him, standing by the central defender and offering him a mentoring role with academy recruits last year.

At times the emotions were still raw as he headed to the training ground each day and watched his former team-mates training under Bath’s expert guidance.

Hutchinson started a degree in psychology, preparing himself for a career off the field when the pain in his right knee began to subside.

He convinced Bath he could play again, forcing his way back into the reserves in the hope of achieving his long-term goal of a place in the first team.

Bath said: ‘We have had to manage the situation very carefully because it was Sam’s decision to retire. In August 2010 he was at the pain threshold and his knee couldn’t take any more.

‘The club looked after him because it was an emotional time for him and his family. At 21, with a place in the first team within touching distance, his career was over.

‘He did some coaching, but the trick was to get him away from the training ground to clear his head. He went swimming, played tennis and golf, just to do something else.’

The results were startling, the pain gradually subsiding behind the patella that had been causing him trouble since the age of 12.

He had problems with both knees during adolescence, struggling with the load from his 6ft frame when he started to make strides towards the first team.

The enamel behind his patella began to wear away, a degenerative condition that could not be solved speedily.

It is not an unusual injury, but with four training sessions and two matches a week, Hutchinson had no recovery time.

He did not receive an insurance payout when he was forced out of the game and he is now uninsurable because of his injury. He plays at his own risk but such is his desire that he carries on.

A Chelsea source said: ‘The initial reaction from most people to an injury is “surgery” but that’s playing with fire. No-one has found a surgical solution for his problem and it’s not always the answer.

‘A lot of players have problems with their joints. Some of them don’t even experience pain and don’t realise the damage they are doing, but with others it is more acute.’

The enforced rest, along with a rehabilitation programme, has produced short-term results. Hutchinson has worked hard in the gym to strengthen the area around his knee.

Although he cannot train with the intensity of some of his team-mates, Chelsea are beginning to believe he could carve out a professional career.

Bath was not convinced when Hutchinson approached him about resuming his career. A year later, Hutchinson is fighting on, determined to prove he can overcome adversity.

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Brilliant read that, I didnt realise it was his own choice to retire. That must have been an incredibly difficult decision to make. Good luck to him, I would love nothing more than to see him make it into a first team somewhere, and if it was our first team then even better.

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Just thought I would let everyone know that Sam is back training with the reserves. He has made a couple appearances this season. I thought he had gone off and retired but apparently he has recovered from the knee injury. It goes without saying that he is a bright prospect, and he did make an impact for one of his 3 appearances getting an assist against stoke back in 2007. Hope he continues in his development. I wonder what his comeback means for Luiz and Bosingwa... ;)

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I hope sam hutchinson comes to top form fast

We need a good right back like him

and what better option than this man ??

My heart really broke when i heard he had to retire , i went around telling my friends the tale of this young lad , i hope he comes back

His orgasmic crosses when he played for chelsea , omfg i love him

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