Why Reece James is missing for Chelsea vs West Ham

An explanation for Reece James missing out for Chelsea vs West Ham has been provided.

Chelsea are set to face off with London rivals West Ham in one of several 2 pm Premier League clashes taking place on Sunday.

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Ahead of the game, Chelsea released their matchday squad, which saw Reece James omitted from both the eleven and bench:

An explanation for the defender missing out has since been provided, with it reported that James is injured:

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Chelsea head into the West Ham game on the back of a rather embarrassing defeat at the hands of Arsenal.

This was Chelsea’s second Premier League loss in three game weeks and though unlikely, there is now a small danger they could slip out of the top-four if their form does not improve.

The Blues are currently five points behind 5th, but do have a game in hand on both Tottenham and Arsenal.

As for West Ham, their small squad has seemingly cost them a shot at securing Europa League football next term.

The Hammers currently have a serious injury crisis at centre-back and their domestic form is evidence of this. David Moyes’ side have won just two of their last five league games, slipping down to 7th as a result.

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Josh Barker

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