Chelsea manager Graham Potter is hoping that the latest knee injury of Reece James is not as severe as his previous injury.
Recall that coach Graham Potter has been without Reece James for weeks before the World Cup break due to a knee injury. The injury forced him to make just seven Premier League appearances.
To make matters worst for the 23-year-old right-back, the injury forced James to miss the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
After a long wait for Graham Potter, James was fit enough to return to action on Tuesday. He started against Bournemouth.
Unfortunately for the Englishman, he sustained a knee injury again which forced the coach to withdraw him in the 53rd minute of the 2-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth.
After the game, coach Potter confirmed that James sustained the knee injury in the same area as in the previous injury.
“It’s the same area, so we are concerned,” Graham Potter said.
“It’s really too soon [to tell]. We’ll have to see over the next 24-48 hours. He felt something there and we will have to find out the extent of it and keep our fingers crossed.
“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.
“He could play in any team in the world, and any team would miss him. The plan was to play 60 minutes today so now he’s disappointed, of course.
“We hope it’s not as bad as it was and he can have a speedy recovery.”