Potter optimistic despite latest Reece James injury setback


Chelsea manager Graham Potter says he remains optimistic and has his “fingers crossed” that the injury suffered by Reece James against Bournemouth is not a serious one.

James was taken off in the 53rd minute of the Blues’ 2-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth on Tuesday. It was his first match since sustaining the knee injury against AC Milan in a champions league group stage clash. 

In his post-match comments, Potter stated that the injury is in the same area as the previous one and that the full extent of damage will be ascertained in the space of 24-48 hours. In his words: “He’s been really disappointed to miss the World Cup, of course. It was a huge blow to him. You could see today his quality and what he brings to the team. He is a world-class player. You see it from the outside but not until you work with him do you see how good he is”

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Reece James was ruled out of the World cup in Qatar as a result of injury, and everyone at Chelsea will be hoping that it is not as serious as it looks, with Reece James being an integral part of the Chelsea team since breaking in as a youngster under former hero Frank Lampard. He has cemented his place ever since he was recalled from a loan at Wigan, posting a series of impressive performances on his way to becoming first choice right back for both club and country.


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