A key Chelsea player provides an update on his injury recovery ahead of his impending return
A key Chelsea player provides an update on his injury recovery ahead of his impending return.
Reece James, a Chelsea defender, has spoken out about his frustration with his recent injury spell as he provides more updates on his recovery.
The 22-year-old suffered a knee injury in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over AC Milan at San Siro last month and was sidelined for several months.
James returned to the field on Friday, though he is still recovering as the Blues attend a warm-weather camp in Abu Dhabi.
The Chelsea academy graduate tried his hardest to recover in time for the 2022 World Cup, but he was unable to participate in the tournament.
“It’s been extremely frustrating,” the England international admitted to Chelsea TV.
“Obviously, I missed the World Cup and [recovery] has taken longer than I had hoped, but it’s good to be back with the team.”
“Today was my first light contact session.” It feels great to be back.
“Every day is difficult, especially when you’re trying to get back out there and fight for your team.”
“It’s a struggle at times, but as you get closer to the end, you start to see light, and that’s when good things start to happen.”
On a brighter note, James will almost certainly be available for the Premier League match against Bournemouth on December 27.
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The 25-man squad that traveled to the UAE will play Aston Villa in a friendly match on Sunday in the country’s capital, but it is unclear whether James will be included in Graham Potter’s game plan.
Potter stated a few days ago that among Chelsea’s six injured players, James and Wesley Fofana are the closest to returning.
Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Kepa Arrizabalaga are also making good progress with their rehabilitation.