Chelsea dealt DOUBLE injury blow as Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah sustain hamstring injuries… with the Blues captain ‘not expected to make a swift return’
- Reece James and Trevoh Chalobhah have both suffered hamstring injuries
- The Chelsea captain was substituted during their 1-1 draw against Liverpool
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Chelsea are sweating on the results of scans on Reece James after he suffered a hamstring injury in training.
Captain James is having the injury assessed after picking up the problem during a session on Wednesday and Chelsea are hoping to discover the extent of the damage in the next 24 hours.
Right back James missed the end of last season with a hamstring injury, sitting out Chelsea’s final seven games.
He had returned to fitness ahead of the new season, was named new skipper and started Chelsea’s season opener against Liverpool on Sunday.
James was withdrawn after 76 minutes at Stamford Bridge but head coach Mauricio Pochettino eased any initial concerns by insisting his substitution was down to tiredness rather than injury.
Reece James has suffered a hamstring injury and is not expected to make a swift return
Equally, Chelsea have also been dealt another injury blow with Trevoh Chalobah (left) suffering a hamstring strain in training
It is a blow for Mauricio Pochettino who claimed James’ substitution was because he was ‘tired’
However, James’s fitness has now handed Chelsea a major injury scare following his training ground setback.
James has been a huge miss in recent seasons whenever injured, with the impact of his absence evident.
Chelsea signed highly-rated Frenchman Malo Gusto from Lyon for around £30m to give themselves a genuine alternative to back-up James.
Gusto, who replaced James against Liverpool, joined in a deal agreed in January ahead of him linking up with Chelsea permanently ahead of this season.
Meanwhile, injury to Trevoh Chalobah also comes as a significant blow.
Chalobah, according to the Athletic, had ‘previously sustained a minor hamstring problem’ and had ‘aggravated the issue in training’.
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Chalobah suffered an injury during Chelsea’s pre-season game against Fulham and appears to have aggravated the issue in training
James (left) was forced to leave the pitch on Sunday, handing over the captain’s arm band to Ben Chilwell (right)
He was absent from the game on Sunday but had featured in four of Chelsea’s warm up matches, notably playing the full 90 minutes against Newcastle, but was brought off after 14 minutes against Fulham with an injury.
The 24-year-old is currently being eyed-up by several clubs around Europe who are keen to sign the defender, with Inter Milan having a long-standing interest in acquiring him.
Reports earlier today claimed that Inter Milan are still interested in the centre back, who executed a six-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge back in October last year.
It means he’ll stay on with the Blues until 2028, but The Athletic understands that he could spend ‘about a month’ on the sidelines.