Marlo Gusto has spent much of the season as the Blues’ main right-back due to Reece James’ injuries.
However, Gusto was sent off vs Aston Villa at the weekend and will now miss Chelsea’s next three games.
As a result, fans will have been hopeful James can return soon but a recent update from the player suggests that will not be the case:
“It’s been a tough few weeks for me since suffering an injury after the first game,’ said James.
“My job is to play football and I want to be able to help the team, but I can’t do that at the moment, so right now my job is to get fit as quickly and as safely as possible.
“I want to get back out there soon, but it’s also important to make sure that it’s the right moment, so that when I do come back, I’m in a position to continue the season without any problems later on.
“I’m another stage closer to returning now I’ve been on the grass for the last couple of weeks and I’m working hard right now to come back, put my injury problems to bed and help the team as much as I can.”
Chelsea are in action on Wednesday vs Brighton in the League Cup and then vs Fulham in the league on Saturday.