Chelsea right-back Reece James is still hopeful of recovering in time to feature at the World Cup despite suffering a very bad knee injury.
The Chelsea star is set to be out for the next eight-weeks as a result of the knee injury he picked up during the win over AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League last Tuesday.
As a result, the 22-year-old is now set to miss the World Cup this year, which begins in Qatar in just over a month’s time.
James was likely to play a huge role in Gareth Southgate’s England team, especially with fellow right-backs Kyle Walker and Alexander-Arnold also suffering recent injuries which could hurt their chances of getting on the plane.
But, against all the odds the Chelsea defender is determined to go to Qatar, posting a message on Twitter on Saturday night.
He said: ‘The race against time is on… But we won’t give up.’
His chances are very slim, with Southgate set to name his 26-man squad on November 10 and it remains to be seen how prepared the manager is to take risks with the fitness of any player.
Regardless, James will not play for his club before the domestic and European seasons break, meaning he will miss key games against clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United as well as the finale of Chelsea’s Champions League group stage campaign.
Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante will be unable to defend France’s World Cup crown in Qatar, after he was ruled-out for three months with a hamstring injury.