Reece James is facing a race against time to get ready for the World Cup.
The right-back suffered a knee injury three weeks ago which plunged his hopes of selection into real doubt.
However, the latest update on his rehabilitation suggests that it could be good news for Gareth Southgate and England...
James ahead of schedule
The Evening Standard report that Reece James is now confident of making the World Cup with his recovery ahead of schedule.
The Chelsea defender is set to urge Southgate to select him even if he may miss the start of the tournament.
James flew to Dubai this week with a Chelsea coach to undergo rehab and the Blues have been giving the FA constant updates on his fitness.
The 22-year-old has until November 21 to get ready for England’s opener against Iran and with Southgate set to name his final 26-man squad next Thursday.
It seems unlikely that James will be ready in time to face Iran, however, if the Three Lions were to advance, he stands a good chance of being available.
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