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Chelsea youngster Hutchison suffering similar knee problems to Spurs captain King

Highly-rated Chelsea defender Sam Hutchison must work to a strict fitness programme in order to play injury free.

The 20-year-old defender has now recovered from the chronic knee injury that hampered his progress over the past three seasons, but his condition leaves him unable to train every day, much like England defender Ledley King, and so the decision was taken to come in early and get some fitness under his belt.

"I am in for five days over the next week or so, just to help with some fitness because I can't train every day," the Berkshire-born player told chelseafc.com. "Jason Palmer [physio and manager of therapy services] wanted me to come in and get a bit stronger so I don't have to push myself so much when everyone else is back.

"I'm not sure yet what pre-season will be like for me, I can't train every day, so they will pick sessions week by week to get me fit for the pre-season games, and then for the start of the season.

"The last two pre-seasons I have been fit, where I was 17 in 2007, and last year, I have played in all the games so hopefully I can do the same and have a good pre-season and set myself up nicely for the start of the season, play a few more games and stay fit."

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