Reece James is set for a spell on the sidelines following the injury he sustained in Chelsea’s Champions League victory over AC Milan at San Siro.
The knee injury sustained by Reece James in Chelsea’s victory over AC Milan is worse than initially feared, and the wing-back faces a race to be fit for the World Cup in Qatar.
James went down in the second half of Wednesday night’s 2-0 victory at San Siro following a relatively harmless challenge on Theo Hernandez.
The early indications were the injury wasn’t serious. Not only was James able to join his teammates on the pitch to celebrate after the full-time whistle, but he remained in Milan on Wednesday to explore the city rather than immediately return to Cobham for tests and treatment.
However, James is understood to have undergone further scans on Thursday,and they have revealed the extent of the injury is worse than initially hoped. A decision by Chelsea’s medical team has yet to be taken as to whether the 22-year-old will require surgery, but with the World Cup in Qatar beginning in just over a month, his place in the England squad is under threat.