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Chelsea, England defender Reece James to overlook World Cup with knee harm

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England defender Reece James will miss the World Cup in Qatar that begins subsequent month after his Premier League membership Chelsea stated on Saturday that he might be sidelined for eight weeks as a result of a knee harm.

James, 22, sustained the harm late within the second half of Tuesday’s 2-0 victory at AC Milan within the Champions League and was withdrawn after receiving medical remedy on the pitch.

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“Following the knee harm sustained in our away match towards AC Milan, Reece has obtained remedy from the Chelsea medical division and visited a specialist this weekend,” Chelsea stated in an announcement.

“After session between all events, Reece will now endure a rehabilitation programme and is anticipated to be out for eight weeks.”

Sources have instructed ESPN that the Chelsea defender is not going to require surgical procedure.

The state of affairs is a big blow to England supervisor Gareth Southgate, who’s already sweating over the supply of Manchester Metropolis‘s Kyle Walker following a groin operation whereas Liverpool‘s Trent Alexander-Arnold is sidelined with an ankle drawback.

The World Cup begins on Nov. 20, with England kicking off their group marketing campaign a day later towards Iran.

James, who has additionally performed in a again three for Chelsea, will miss key video games for the London facet who’re set to play 9 extra instances earlier than the World Cup, beginning with Sunday’s league journey to Aston Villa.

James will miss key Premier League video games towards Manchester United and Arsenal in addition to Manchester Metropolis within the League Cup earlier than the season pauses for the World Cup and resumes in late December when Chelsea host Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

Info from ESPN’s James Olley was included on this report.

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