Mauricio Pochettino provides Reece James fitness update after Liverpool clash

Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino has, on Sunday evening, provided an update on the wellbeing of star defender Reece James.

This, for those who may have missed it, comes after James set pulses racing across the Chelsea fanbase a short time ago

En route to a hard-fought Premier League stalemate with Liverpool, the Blues’ captain was withdrawn 15 minutes from time, replaced by Malo Gusto.

Owing to James’ long-standing fitness woes, fears, in turn, immediately spread surrounding a potential new issue for the England international, after he appeared to signal to the bench that he was in distress.

Speaking to the media post-match, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of his captain’s wellbeing was put to the aforementioned Mauricio Pochettino.

And, in a boost for all associated with Chelsea, the club’s new headmaster went on to reveal that, in fact, James has not suffered any sort of injury.

Instead, the 23-year-old was simply ‘tired’, after playing a central role in what came as a pulsating season opener.

Sunday’s Stamford Bridge clash ended in a 1-1 draw, after Luis Diaz’s early opener was cancelled out by Chelsea debutant Axel Disasi.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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