Mauricio Pochettino has been dealt a major boost following Chelsea's win over Brighton in the Carabao Cup. The Blues boss was forced to operate Marc Cucurella at right-back against Roberto De Zerbi's side, with Reece James nursing an injury and Malo Gusto suspended.
Surprisingly, the Spaniard did well on his opposite flank and he certainly impressed Pochettino, but it goes without saying that the 51-year-old would much rather James in his backline. News of the 23-year-old's potential return will offer the Chelsea boss some much needed confidence – especially with Ben Chilwell potentially set for another spell on the sidelines.
So, with that being said, football.london have taken a look at everything you need to know about James and his road to recovery.
According to the Daily Mail, Reece James is close to returning to full training. The report states that the right-back could be ready to 'accelerate' his involvement next week, with the Premier League tie against Burnley on October 7 described as 'too soon'.
Instead, reportedly, there is 'hope' that he will be ready after the upcoming international break when Chelsea lock horns with Arsenal on October 21.
Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that Reece James could be out for longer than expected, despite his recent return to training. The club captain has already missed four matches, but the head coach claims he is hopeful there will be a return in the next month.
He told reporters before the Bournemouth game: «He's [James] recovering well. He is starting to do things on the pitch with the ball. He's really well. He's desperate to return and help the team. I hope he's close and hope he can be available before the next internationalRead on football.london