News from London: Chelsea injury news: Reece James should return for this match

Kepa Arrizabalaga and Reece James of (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

The Pride of London detail and analyse the most recent Chelsea injury news. Importantly, Reece James should return for this upcoming CFC match.

Blues supporters can rejoice. Fantasy Premier League competitors are now able to restore a favourite to their lineups. Football fans in general can also anticipate the excitement of having one it the most thrilling ‘defenders’ in the game back in action.

Chelsea’s need for their Academy graduate Reece James is comparable to humans requiring air. It is just that simple! Basically, James’s importance to the Blues team is absolutely vital, especially if Graham Potter’s preferred interchangeable wingback system is used. In fact, the young star would be as crucial in different setups and formations.

The west London club’s form is uneven, if not shocking in recent times, respectively. The return of the England international – who would have been a definite member of the Three Lions squad at the Qatar World Cup – is timely. Although Potter’s men are not being beaten by mediocre rival sides week in week out anymore, improvements are needed.

Acquired players will help with performance issues, at least in attack via the many signings. But James can offer defensive metal, stability. Not to mention an intellectual and rapid link from the defence, through the midfield and onto the front line. In many instances, the fullback fills all three roles and nets a goal himself.

So when will the 23-year-old make his latest CFC comeback? According to Evening Standard journalist Nizaar Kinsella, who is a Chels’ specialist, James is expected to be ‘available’ for the match against Fulham on February 3. However, it is not yet known if the athlete will be able to start, play 90 minutes, or feature as a substitute in some capacity.

James’s return should really buoy the CFC fan base as well as the personnel. Looking at the Premier League table, in which the Blues are currently a disappointing tenth, it is easy to see them climb up to around sixth or even fifth with the recruits already signed. Between Tottenham Hotspur in 5th, are Brighton & Hove Albion, Fulham, Brentford and a miserable Liverpool group.