Cape Town - Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi admits he fears incurring another Achilles tendon tear as he aims to rediscover his best form.
Hudson-Odoi broke a four-month scoring drought by drilling Chelsea into the lead as the Blues eased past Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The 19-year-old's torn Achilles cut short a stellar breakthrough campaign last term that included his senior England debut.
The Chelsea academy graduate has struggled to regain top form as he shakes off the after-effects of the serious injury but now believes he is finally approaching peak condition.
Hudson-Odoi was left clutching the troublesome right Achilles after a heavy tackle against Forest and has admitted the injury has played on his mind during his recovery.
"Obviously there are still times where I think to myself 'If I get kicked on it like today what could happen", and there are times where I think to myself 'If I do a certain movement it will go again,'" said Hudson-Odoi.
"But now as days at training go by, I think if you're confident and do your strengthening work in the gym, it will still be strong and nothing should happen to it again.
"I've been doing work every day with the conditioning coaches to ensure it's strong enough and nothing else happens to it.
"I think I'm close to the point I was before. The player trod on my Achilles which was a bit painful but everything is alright."