Chelsea are dealt another huge injury blow as Reece James limps off with a suspected hamstring problem against Brighton – with crunch clash against title rivals Liverpool just four days away
- Reece James went off injured during Chelsea’s clash with Brighton
- The defender limped off in the first half to be replaced by Marcos Alonso
- Concerns now grow for Chelsea with Ben Chilwell ruled out for the season
Chelsea look set to add Reece James to their list of injured stars, after the youngster limped off in pain during Wednesday’s clash with Brighton.
James suffered a knock in the first half of the Stamford Bridge showdown and could play no further part after receiving attention from medical staff.
The England star was able to hobble from the pitch, though required assistance from coaching staff before being replaced by Marcos Alonso.
Defender Reece James went off injured during Chelsea’s clash with Brighton
The starlet was able to walk from the field though required help from the medical staff
It spells concern for the Blues, who are still contending with the repercussions of Ben Chilwell being ruled out for the season.
After James was involved in the collision during the match, former Chelsea skipper Andy Townsend noted: ‘There’re a bit of contact, not a lot, but It looks really sore for him – that’s a big blow for Chelsea.
‘There was a bit of contact in the collision – he’s walking very gingerly as he walks off the field – let’s hope he’s back soon.’
The timing is tough for Chelsea, given they face title rivals Liverpool in just four days.
Chelsea are still dealing with the repercussions of Ben Chilwell being ruled out for the season
Speaking recently about the pile up of fixtures and the effect it has on his players, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel said: ‘The circumstances are the problem. The fixtures themselves are not the problem – because we are used to it. The players are used to it, they love to be out there and to play regularly.
‘To play all the time isn’t the problem, it’s the circumstances. It’s Covid as everyone single day someone can be out and someone can be infected.
‘So everyone is having to cope with the uncertainty. I wouldn’t call if fear but I would call it uncertainty.’
Not long after James’ exit, Chelsea were boosted by record signing Romelu Lukaku breaking the deadlock to open the scoring at 1-0.
The Belgian has now scored in consecutive matches since making his own comeback from injury, following his recent strike in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.