Reece James To Miss Up To One Month Of Action For Chelsea Due To A Re-Occurring Knee Injury.

Chelsea has confirmed that defender Reece James would miss up to a month of football action following his latest injury setback.

The England international only returned to action in Chelsea's Premier League 2-0 win against AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

On his first Blues appearance following his earlier setback against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League in October, He appeared in discomfort during the second half of the game at Stamford Bridge, falling to the pitch injured with his head in his hands and quickly signalling to the bench that he was unable to continue.

While he was able to eventually walk off without any assistance in the 53rd minute, he was replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta.

With what seems to be a reoccurrence of his previous knee injury that ruled the defender out of England's 2022 World Cup journey in Qatar, James is now set to spend at least the next four weeks receiving treatment across a busy schedule for the club.

Blues boss Graham Potter told reporters after the match that he was keeping his "fingers crossed" for good news, and it appears his prayers may have been answered, with Chelsea confirming the injury is not as bad as first feared.

"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... Reads 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."

James now looks likely to miss all six fixtures across December and the beginning of the New Year, as he hopes to be back fully fit by the end of January, 2023.

Earlier today, James had even posted a note on his Instagram story about how the setback “hurts more than anything” and also thanked his fans for their support via a statement, as he describes the year 2022 


Chelsea next face Nottingham Forest away on New Year's Day, before back-to-back clashes with Man City in the Premier League and the FA Cup third round. 

The Blues then take on Fulham (a), Crystal Palace (h), and Liverpool (a), to round out January's action.

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