Graham Potter sets Reece James injury update timeframe with England place in doubt

Reece James went off injured during Chelsea’s 2-0 Champions League victory over AC Milan on Tuesday with Graham Potter ‘hoping he’ll be okay’.

James sunk to the floor and needed to be replaced after 62 minutes after chasing Rafael Leao, with Potter replacing him for Cesar Azpilicueta.

It could be a huge blow for Chelsea, with the England international right-back featuring heavily under both Potter and former manager Thomas Tuchel this campaign.

The 22-year-old has taken part in all but one of Chelsea’s Premier League matches this season – only being rested for a midweek defeat to Southampton in August – and has played the full 90 minutes in six of Chelsea’s other seven matches.

James has also played the full 90 minutes in all of Chelsea’s Champions League games this term prior to tonight, highlighting his importance to the team.

Potter was coy when asked about James’ injury update and says updates will follow in due course.

‘Reece, we’re hoping he’ll be okay,’ Potter said following victory at the San Siro over the Italian champions. ’24-48 hours is too early to give you anything more than that.’

Jorignho and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got on the scoresheet for the Blues in their 2-0 win over Serie A giants AC Milan.

Aubameyang’s goal means he has now scored in his last three appearances for the Blues, having netted in the reverse fixture and also against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea’s two goals followed a first-half red card for AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori, who was sent off for a foul on Mason Mount.

The west London club are back in action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to face Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

Chelsea’s next Champions League fixture, meanwhile, falls on October 25 with a trip to Red Bull Salzburg for their penultimate Group E game.

Potter’s side are currently top of the group on seven points after two wins, a draw and the opening defeat to Dinamo Zagreb – which saw Tuchel sacked last month.

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