Reece James injury update: England fullback likely out through World Cup
Chelsea and England right back Reece James is expected to miss as many as eight weeks, likely ending his chances to star in this winter’s World Cup.
James, not yet 23, has been one of the best fullbacks in the world over the last year-plus, seizing control of England’s first-choice position ahead of Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
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Offensively-gifted but plenty good in his own third, James was injured in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph over AC Milan and has been given a rehab program after consulting with a specialist (Chelseafc.com).
England will meet the United States, Wales, and Iran in the group stage.
Reece James injury: What it means for England, Chelsea
James ranks in the 90th percentile or better when compared to fullbacks from Europe’s top five leagues in many cateogires including passes, progressive carries, dribbles, shot-creating actions, and assists.
England will look to fill his absence with Walker, Trippier, and Alexander-Arnold, though the Three Lions may look outside the group to Ben White or Kyle Walker-Peters.
As for Chelsea, the Blues have Cesar Azpilicueta capable of playing right back and have used Christian Pulisic as a wingback. Ironically, Pulisic could benefit from James’ absence from the World Cup.