Latest Sam Hutchinson injury is a missed opportunity for Chelsea loanee

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Chelsea's young defender Sam Hutchinson will rue his latest injury especially.

There isn't a Chelsea fan out there not pulling for Sam Hutchinson, and hoping the young defender can make a career for himself, but he certainly does not have the luck.

The 23-year-old made his first team debut back in 2007, but knee injuries ruined his career to the point which he retired in 2010.

A year later, he made the remarkable decision to give it one last shot, and made it, progressing excellently and was even handed a league subsitute appearance by Roberto di Matteo at the end of last season.

A centre-back by trade, the young Englishman has inevitably been compared to John Terry, the man he has high hopes of emulating on the pitch, but his versatility like Ivanovic means he can also play full-back.

After making huge strides in 2012, he was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest on loan for the season, where he could continue rebuilding his career by playing regularly in English football, a stepping stone to one day making it at Chelsea.

He certainly began life at the City Ground well, scoring on his home debut in a win over newly promoted Charlton, with him playing at right-back.

He made five appearances for Forest, before cruel luck would befall him once more, another knee injury.

Just earlier this month, manager Sean O'Driscoll hinted that his time at Forest could be up, with him not expected back until mid-December at the earliest.

"The decision is whether he goes back to Chelsea or we keep him. But if he's not going to play, to be brutally honest, he's no good for us."

Perhaps returning to Chelsea where the medical team know him best is the better solution for the player.

Seeing John Terry injure his knee at the weekend would not have been a pleasant sight for the youngster, who knows all too well what it feels like.

And it was doubly unlucky for Hutchinson, as it could just have led to an opportunity for him.

Chelsea don't exactly have a lot of cover at centre-back; there won't be many fans hoping to see Paulo Ferreira brought in, with Luiz, Cahill, and Ivanovic the three solid options. Another injury, with some huge games coming up over the next couple of months, (Juventus away anyone?), would leave them extremely thin.

If Ivanovic plays centre, then it in turn leaves Chelsea light at right-back.

Both positions are ones where Hutchinson could have made himself useful. Terry's injury could have led to Hutchinson being recalled from his loan spell, for he was playing very well for Forest and Di Matteo would no doubt have been monitoring the situation.

As it stands, his injury has taken away any chance of that, in a year where luck finally seemed to be coming his way.

Would you have liked to see Hutchinson brought back as cover? Can he bounce back from this latest setback? 

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