Reece James was a key figure for Chelsea at the start of the 2022/23 season and was expected to play a key role at the 2022 World Cup with England.
However, James, 22, is expected to miss the tournament in Qatar after suffering a knee injury against AC Milan at the San Siro earlier this month. The World Cup starts on November 20, with England’s opening game against Iran taking place at the Khalifa International Stadium the next day.
Speaking earlier this month, James provided this update: “I don’t know when I will be able to run again... You don’t go from walking to running. That is a difficult thing about injuries - you have to do it in stages, so I have to start running in the pool first. Hopefully, this will be in the coming days.”
As for Fofana, he picked up a knee injury in the home victory over AC Milan and is expected to be sidelined for a few more weeks because of the issue.
Now, on Monday morning, Chelsea have provided a brief update on the duo.
Chelsea wrote in a statement: “Reece James and Wesley Fofana will continue their rehabilitation programmes this week in Dubai. A member of the Chelsea medical department will accompany them.”
James’ absence is arguably the bigger of the two given the few options the Blues currently have at right-wing-back.
Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic have been operating at wing-back in recent weeks, but they have not looked too comfortable in that role, espcially in the recent 4-1 loss to Brighton.