Injury News: Chelsea set possible return dates for Reece James and Wesley Fofana

Chelsea set comeback dates for injured duo Reece James and Wesley Fofana

According to The Athletic (subscription required) (h/t Metro), Chelsea are optimistic that injured duo Reece James and Wesley Fofana will be available for selection when the Blues next take the field in competitive action against Bournemouth on December 27.

James picked up a knee injury against AC Milan at San Siro on October 11 (Daily Mail). He missed the World Cup as a result of that as he needed an extended period of time for recovery.

The report says that he is back in training this week as the Blues start their preparations for the second half of this season with a mid-season training camp in Abu Dhabi.

England and Chelsea right-back Reece James told he could recover from injury and play by the end of November.
Chelsea star Reece James is back in training this week. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Fofana, on the other hand, also picked up his injury against Milan, but a week before James did (Daily Mail). The Frenchman, whose wish of moving from Leicester City to Chelsea in the summer to challenge for a spot in the French World Cup squad was fulfilled, eventually missed the tournament due to this injury.

Compared to James, the 21-year-old’s injury was deemed more serious than James’. However, he would likely be fit before the Bournemouth game.

These are good news for manager Graham Potter as the team struggled defensively in the last few games before the World Cup break. They conceded four against Brighton and Hove Albion and looked vulnerable to concede more than one in defeats to Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Wesley Fofana signed for Chelsea from Leicester City in the summer of 2022.
Wesley Fofana is expected to be available when Chelsea play Bournemouth. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Fofana’s presence at the back could bring some stability and solidity back. Meanwhile, James can offer both defensive and offensive work. The Englishman’s creativity from wide areas has been sorely missed.

Raheem Sterling has been tried in that position but James’ defensive nous is needed in that area coupled with his attacking abilities down the flanks.

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We are eighth in the league table going into the second half of this season. There is plenty of football still to be played though. Beating Bournemouth would be a good start to gain some momentum before games come thick and fast.