Chelsea have been told that Reece James could potentially be looking at eight weeks on the sidelines following the big injury blow that he has received.
The right-back was injured in the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion over the festive period and was pictured leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches.
It was the second major injury blow that Chelsea had suffered after Ben Chilwell had been ruled out for the remainder of the current campaign with a cruciate ligament rupture.
Whilst there was hope that James could have returned sooner rather than later following his stunning form so far this season, it appears to not be the case.
According to Blues injury expert Ben Dinnery, the England defender could potentially be looking at up to two months on the sidelines.
Speaking on Blues View live podcast, he said: “Always difficult with hamstring problems. Of course, it didn’t look good.
“It never looks great when you see a player leaving the ground – as Reece James did at Stamford Bridge – on crutches. “
You had an inkling that you thought it was a fairly serious setback.
“The mechanism and the way he sort of grabbed his leg looked as if he was holding just behind the knee – the distal aspect of the hamstring.
“If that’s true, that might be an indication that there’s some tendon involvement.
“Due to the complexities of that structure then those tend to be the longer recovery periods.
“My initial thoughts when that happened was four weeks but the reality is that could be extended to around six and I would not be surprised if it extended slightly beyond that so we’re talking maybe a high grade two injury.”
Offering an initial prognosis of when James could expect to return, he continued:
“Maybe four [weeks] would be optimistic and you’d be very, very lucky but if you want to err on the side of caution then six to eight weeks can’t be ruled out.”
Ahead of his injury, James had made 23 appearances for the Blues in all competitions, scoring five goals and providing six assists.