Chelsea FC releases a statement for an update on Reece James’ injury
Chelsea Football Club has released a statement for an update on Reece James‘ injury. The club have been boosted by the positive recovery timeframe set for Reece James‘ latest injury setback, which isn’t as serious as first feared.
James suffered a knee injury that appeared to be an exacerbation of the one he had in mid-October seven minutes into Chelsea’s Premier League comeback match against Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Graham Potter, the manager of the Blues, said to the media after the game that he was keeping his “fingers crossed” for positive news. It now seems that his prayers may have been heard since Chelsea has confirmed that the injury is not as serious as first thought.
“Defender Reece James underwent assessment earlier today after being substituted during the second half of last night’s 2-0 Premier League victory over AFC Bournemouth due to a knee injury,” read a club statement. “Scan results have regrettably confirmed a setback for the 23-year-old, with Reece now set to be ruled out for up to a month.”
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The news will bring relief to Chelsea fans everywhere, as the setback marked yet another obstacle in what has been a difficult 2022 for the full-back, which he described as the “toughest year to date”.
The Blues have been without one of their star players for large portions of 2022-23, with James already missing a cumulative nine games for his club before Tuesday night’s issue, as well as an entire World Cup campaign with England which left the 23-year-old “devastated”.
While James is dealt another blow, the severity could have been a lot worse. Repeated injuries to the same area of the body, such as to the knee, can result in the player needing surgery and resulting in an even lengthier period of absence.
Chelsea have already begun their own contingency plan, though, with latest reports suggesting Potter’s side are in the market for Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic in case James’ injury woes continue.
With the full-back given an injury timeframe of a month, James will hope to be back fully fit by the end of January.