Chelsea and England right back Reece James suffered a serious knee injury against AC Milan last month, and he faced a race against time to be fit for Qatar World Cup. Yesterday, he officially lost that race, as England manager Gareth Southgate told James on Wednesday that he won’t be a part of the Three Lions squad.
“The minute I injured my knee, I knew the turnaround to make the World Cup would be tight, but I always felt it was possible,” James revealed in a social media post. “I’ve worked harder than I ever thought I could to give myself the best chance of going and truly believed I could help the team. I appreciate there was risk on both sides but it was one I was willing to take.”
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Kick: Saturday, 12 November 2022 5:30PM, Stamford Bridge, London.
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Premier League Position: Chelsea 7th, Newcastle 3rd
Form Guide: Chelsea LLDDW Newcastle WWWWL
Google Result Probability: Chelsea 31% Newcastle 41% Draw 28%
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More on James and his situation over at this link. Joining him as long term injury absentees are N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and Wesley Fofana. Elsewhere, Kepa Arrizabalaga is a doubt (foot injury). Ditto for Jorginho, who missed out in midweek, having to sit out the 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the League Cup. Well, maybe he really didn’t “miss out” after all. But he didn’t play.
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