Following a hamstring injury suffered in Chelsea’s recent loss against Everton, Reece James, the team’s captain, is set to spend more time on the sidelines. The skilled right-back was substituted just 26 minutes into the match at Goodison Park, marking his first start since November 25 and only his fifth appearance in the Premier League this season.
The club has officially confirmed the results of the scan, stating, “Reece will now commence his rehabilitation program at Cobham.” Over the past few years, James has been consistently troubled by injury issues, having only started 24 Premier League games since the start of the 2022/23 season. The recent setback is a major setback for Chelsea, particularly as the busy holiday season is approaching.
Chelsea is currently facing numerous absences, such as Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Romeo Lavia, Christopher Nkunku, Trevor Chalobah, Malo Gusto, and Carney Chukwuemeka, among others. The team has a jam-packed schedule ahead, with four Premier League games left before the year ends, including matches against Sheffield United, Wolves, Crystal Palace, and Luton. Furthermore, they are scheduled to play against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
Before the Everton game, Chelsea’s manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed his wish to have James consistently present. He stressed the significance of boosting the player’s confidence and fitness, stating, “To bring out the best in Reece, we need to give him sufficient time.” Pochettino commended James for his leadership qualities, highlighting his positive mindset and contributions to the team.
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