Chelsea and England face a nervous 48-hour wait to find out whether Reece James has avoided a serious knee injury.
Midway through Chelsea’s 2-0 Champions League victory over AC Milan with ten men, the in-form right-back left a dejected impression as he trudged off the San Siro field.
The 22-year-manager old’s at the Blues, Graham Potter, is praying for a smooth escape, and England manager Gareth Southgate will be on edge as well.
Potter remained cheerful when questioned following the Blues’ excellent San Siro victory, although James will undergo scans to determine the extent of the damage to his knee.
“We’re praying Reece’s going to be alright. It’s too early to give you any more information than that since we won’t know for 24 to 48 hours,” added Potter.
Even though England’s right-back strength is among the best in the world of football, manager Southgate will already be considering his choices for the World Cup in Qatar.
The event begins on November 20, and James’ injury problem raises questions about Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker as well.
Alexander-Arnold has an ankle issue, and Walker’s chance of recovering in time for Qatar is estimated to be 50-50.
However, Chelsea easily won in Milan to move to the top of Group E. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his third goal in as many games, and Jorginho converted from the spot.
Boss Potter oversaw the Blues’ fourth straight victory, and the former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori’s dismissal made for an easier night for the Blues.
While Milan manager Stefano Pioli slammed the firing of Tomori without holding back, Potter remained unmoved.
Potter stated, “From where I stand, I can’t see too much of the red card or penalty.
If he brought him down, he did so. I haven’t seen it back, but it’s obvious that this is a significant occasion for us.
“I think we can all agree that it changes the way Milan will play the game. However, we still need to make that matter.
“Playing against 10 men is challenging, especially here. The audience is once again so engaged in the game that any action could result in a goal.
“It was a significant moment, we thought 11 v 11 would be enough, but the referee’s made a call and we have to move forward.”
Rossoneri manager Pioli expressed surprise after Tomori’s dismissal and criticized referee Daniel Siebert’s entire performance.
Pioli stated, “I questioned the referee as to whether VAR was operating properly.
“With seven more yellow cards and the red card in this game, it’s challenging to gauge the referee’s mood.
Is it time to raise our voices a little bit more now?
Without a sure, I don’t think the referee had a good night tonight.
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