Chelsea right-back Reece James will meet with a specialist over the weekend to
determine the extent of his knee injury, manager Graham Potter
British media reported the England defender could miss the World Cup in Qatar.
Potter urged caution, “There is no point looking into the doomsday scenario yet,” he
said. “We need to check and then go forward.”
He said: “Reece is due to see a specialist over the weekend so until we get that
information, there is not too much more I can add.
“We need to check the discomfort and see a specialist. Yesterday he felt not too bad
but until you get these things checked we never know.”
James, 22, was the latest England right-back to go down in a spate of injuries, with
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker undergoing groin surgery earlier in October and
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold picking up an ankle injury against Arsenal last
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Potter also revealed that midfielder N’Golo Kante had suffered a “setback” in his
recovery from the hamstring injury he sustained in August, adding that the France
international would also see a consultant at the weekend.
The Blues boss has a degree in leadership and emotional intelligence and, asked if he
would put it to use with injured Chelsea players who may miss out on the World Cup,
he said: “If anything happens like that, they are going to be disappointed. They are
human beings and they want to go.
“They also know it’s a profession where things can happen and they are competing at
the highest level and you can’t avoid this sometimes.
“It’s about dealing with the upset and we will help them with that. I can’t think of
anything from my career that compares with missing the World Cup.”