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Chelsea boss Graham Potter admits he won’t know the extent of Reece James’ injury for up to a different 48 hours after the right-back limped off in the course of the second half of the Blues’ Champions League clash with AC Milan on Tuesday night. And the defender is now a doubt for England’s World Cup squad. Chelsea produced a stellar display on the San Siro as they won the match 2-0.

James has been one in every of his side’s best performers over the past couple of seasons and has began the present campaign in high quality form once more. On Saturday, the England international was only deemed fit enough to begin on the bench when the Blues took on Wolves within the Premier League.

He returned to the starting line-up for Tuesday’s showdown with Milan and caused the house defence all types of problems as he darted forward and attempted to make things occur. But he was forced off on the hour mark after landing heavily on his right leg.

With the beginning of the World Cup lower than six weeks away, there at the moment are doubts over whether the 22-year-old will probably be fit enough to take his place within the Three Lions squad. Gareth Southgate has named James in his starting line-up for England’s last 4 matches and clearly thinks loads of the player. So the manager will probably be eager to have him in his preliminary squad when he pronounces it next Thursday.

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The spot kick got here after former Blues defender Fikayo Tomori was sent off when he was adjudged to have pulled Mason Mount back when through on goal. And his dismissal ultimately killed off the competition as Chelsea went on to dominate.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added his side’s second goal 11 minutes before the break after running on to a clever pass from Mount. And the Blues produced an expert performance after the interval to secure the three points.

Chelsea’s victory on the San Siro means they at the moment are top of Group E after 4 matches. And so they can qualify for the knockout stages of the competition in the event that they beat RB Salzburg in Austria later this month ahead of their final clash with Dinamo Zagreb initially of November.

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