Chelsea have confirmed James will be side-lined for ‘eight weeks’ due to a knee problem; he is now unlikely to feature in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad
The 22-year-old sustained the injury late in the second half of Tuesday’s 2-0 victory at AC Milan in the Champions League and was withdrawn after receiving medical treatment on the pitch.
“Following the knee injury sustained in our away match against AC Milan, Reece has received treatment from the Chelsea medical department and visited a specialist this weekend,” Chelsea said in a statement.
“After consultation between all parties, Reece will now undergo a rehabilitation programme and is expected to be out for eight weeks.”
Graham Potter revealed James will be in a knee brace for a month.
“He is going to be in a brace and that has implications over what he needs to do to get fit from there.
“It wouldn’t be my place to predict what will happen. Our job is to help him in the short term now and get him back.”
Our algorithm has been adjusted to these new developments and it is currently showing a twenty-eight-day recovery period and a low current health score of only three. With a Grade 2 injury, as expected, his HPF is currently poor at 31.89 and IRC high at 41.29.