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Chelsea consider recalling loanee Michael Hector to help halt defensive crisis

Chelsea are said to be willing to Michael Hector’s loan spell with Reading short to bring him back to Stamford Bridge, the Daily Express reports.

the Blues bought the centre-back in a shock deal over the summer, but immediately sent him back to Reading on a season-long loan deal.

However, the club have suffered a shocking start to the season and have already conceded an unacceptable 23 goals in the first 13 league games.

And as a result, Jose Mourinho is looking at the Jamaican international as a possible solution to their defensive woes, though Reading are hoping to keep a hold of him until the end of the season.

“Chelsea want him back early but I think we’ll retain him as we agreed until the end of the season,” Reading executive Samrit Thanakanchanasut said.

Manager Steve Clarke, who previously worked under Mourinho as a coach, praised the 23-year-old recently by saying: “Michael reads the game well, he sticks his head on the ball, can make tackles and can pass out from the back as well.

“He’s got a lot of good attributes which is why Chelsea decided to take him on board. Hopefully he goes on to have a big career with them.”

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