Graham Potter still unsure about Reece James' return

Reece James’ recovery from injury is still a question for Potter.

The Chelsea defender suffered a knee injury in a game against AC Milan last month.

It was speculated that he would miss the World Cup but the defender made steady progress to recovery in time for Gareth Southgate’s travelling squad to Qatar.

But Chelsea manager Graham Potter is still unsure about James’ potential return from injury.

‘Reece was outside today (Tuesday) having a little jog, but there is nothing to report in terms of anything else,’ Potter said.

‘There is no timeframe [to return]. It is just how he responds. We don’t want to rush anything, and I certainly don’t want to put any timescales on it. That is for him, the doctors, and physios.’

The defender expressed his ambitions to participate in the World Cup.

‘I need to keep working hard over the next few weeks and see where I am on call-up day,’ he said.

‘I will try and not rule myself out. It is still slow and in the early stages. I have been in rehab for two weeks, so I am still taking it day-by-day.

‘It is going to be very tough. It is an injury which could take a long time and it came at an awkward period but I am trying my best and hopefully it is possible and if it is not, I know I tried everything.’


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