Reece James faces prolonged spell on the sidelines with hamstring injury

Chelsea has been hit with a significant setback as Reece James is set for an extended period on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury suffered during the team’s 2-0 defeat against Everton on Sunday.

The 24-year-old right-back limped off the field in the 27th minute, prompting concerns about his fitness.

This injury marks another chapter in James’s recent struggles with fitness, as he missed seven Premier League matches earlier in the season due to a hamstring problem sustained on the opening weekend against Liverpool.

Despite his return and subsequent participation in several fixtures, the latest setback raises questions about his durability.

Chelsea confirmed the injury through an official statement, stating that scans revealed a hamstring injury and that James would commence his rehabilitation program at Cobham.

The club did not disclose the expected duration of his absence, but reports suggest he could be sidelined until at least February or March, depending on his recovery progress.

The news is undoubtedly disappointing for James, who has faced challenges maintaining consistent fitness over the past seasons.

As Chelsea navigates a busy schedule across multiple competitions, the absence of the influential right-back poses challenges for manager Mauricio Pochettino, who will need to adjust his defensive setup in James’s absence.

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