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Massive injury boost for Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel reveals Reece James’ return date

Chelsea have been without high flying wing-back Reece James who was ruled out for two months with a hamstring injury he sustained against Brighton in December 2021.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel in his Crystal Palace pre-match press conference spoke on Reece James’ fitness and according to him, the influential wing-back who has started training on his own could return to the squad next week.

“We always have the risk with a very physical player like Reece, that you have to consider that there is sometimes a delay in comeback. He’s progressing a lot in individual training. The plan is that he rejoins the group next week.” The gaffer said this afternoon.

“Once he is in the team training, that he is ready to be under a certain amount of pressure and freedom of movement. I don’t know [when he will return]. I hope he will come back to team training next week, next step, then I can give you more.”

Chelsea have some crucial games ahead including the Champions League first leg vs Lille and the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool all taking place this month and Reece James’ imminent return could be a timely boost for Chelsea who are looking to add more silverware to the two already won this season.