Chelsea have received a major boost with Reece James’ knee injury not as severe as first thought.
The 22-year-old England international was taken off in the second half against AC Milan on Tuesday evening. James fell awkwardly after a challenge from Theo Hernandez, and he was left holding his knee.
With the player tweeting “Fingers crossed it’s not a bad one,” after the match.
And his manager stating, “We’re hoping Reece will be OK,” said Potter. “It will be 24, 48 hours to find out, so it’s too early to give you anything more than that.”
Over the last day James has undergone scans to assess the damage to his knee and has had an ‘encouraging first assessment’ as it has revealed his knee problem isn’t serious and he will not be out for too long.
Our algorithm shows Reece James bounces back from injury well and should be back in action within one week. His HPF is also encouraging at 92.63 and with only a low IRC 17.88 suggesting there is low risk of reinjury when he’s declared fit.
Chelsea take on Aston Villa on Sunday and with plenty of cover so it is unlikely they will rush him back.
Even without the England International we see a comfortable win for Chelsea with their overall team health at 6.31. Aston Villa are currently going through a phase of recent poor form having only won one of the last six games.