It is predicted that Chelsea right-back Reece James would miss a few weeks of action after scans on a knee injury revealed that surgery will only be needed as a last resort.
For several weeks, the England international had been struggling with a mild knee injury but complained of increased pain after a collision with Wolves’ Daniel Podence in the 2-1 loss on Tuesday and was, therefore, sent for a scan.
Initially, it was suspected that James would require surgery and could therefore be sidelined for the next few months, but Simon Johnson of The Athletic reports that scan on the affected area has returned reasonably positive.
James is also likely to miss the meeting with West Ham on Monday and will possibly also sit out the fight with Arsenal on Boxing Day, with Cesar Azpilicueta scheduled to step in and the young right-back deputy.
For Frank Lampard, the news is a bit of a blow. So far, James has played 11 of Chelsea’s 13 Premier League games and has become one of the Blues’ standout stars, so it is not ideal to see him pushed into a spell on the sidelines.
However, to make sure James doesn’t need a longer lay-off in the future, it’s a small price to pay, something that is likely to have drawn a sigh of relief from Lampard.
Chelsea is also likely to be without winger Hakim Ziyech for Monday’s game, alongside James. The Moroccan international has been out with a hamstring injury, but he is likely to miss out on West Ham despite returning to training a few days ago.