The Blues are hopeful that he will be able to play when the Premier League season resumes.

Chelsea have received a major boost with the return of Reece James to full training following a knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup, with the England defender now targeting a return to action against Bournemouth.

The defender injured his knee during a Champions League match against AC Milan at San Siro, and he was in a race to recover in time for the World Cup. Southgate ultimately decided to take a chance on injured pair Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker, but Reece James’ recovery time was simply too long to warrant a call up.

Southgate responded, “There were too many unknowns.”

When asked why he didn’t include James in the traveling party, Southgate said, “There were too many unknowns.” “I don’t think we can bring in a player who isn’t available for the team.” In some circles, that would be considered arrogant, and you’d be putting him in the quarter-finals.”

And the English manager was right, with James only returning to full training after the Three Lions’ 3-0 win over Senegal, in which Chelsea teammates Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly were both sent home.

However, his return will be a significant boost for Chelsea, as James was a key source of creativity for the club under Thomas Tuchel and is expected to remain so under Graham Potter.

And, according to the London Evening Standard, he is not the only returnee eyeing the Boxing Day resumption of the Premier League, with Ben Chilwell and Wesley Fofana both on the mend and ‘hoping to return’ for the match against Bournemouth on December 27th.

Cristiano Ronaldo being courted by Chelsea

Potter will want to have everyone available as he attempts to turn around Chelsea’s poor start to the season, which has seen them drop to eighth place, level with his former club Brighton, and sixteen points behind league leaders Arsenal.

By michel

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