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Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Ziyech: Chelsea injury news and return dates ahead of Aston Villa

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Graham Potter has provided an update on Reece James’ injury he picked up against AC Milan ahead of this weekend’s clash with Aston Villa

Graham Potter has been handed a major blow amid Chelsea’s 2-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League group stage. Reece James limped off injured with half an hour to play following a collision with Theo Hernandez.

The 22-year-old momentarily soldiered on but clambered to the ground a few minutes later, clutching what seemed to be his knee. It remains to be seen whether Potter will be without James this weekend but, if it’s any consolation, Hakim Ziyech is set to return in the coming days.

He didn’t travel to the San Siro and stayed at home because he felt unwell. So, with that being said,Sportsextral has taken a look at all the latest injury news Potter faces ahead this weekend’s clash with Villa.

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Reece James

Reece James was replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek with half an hour to play in Chelsea’s Champions League group stage clash with AC Milan. The defender fell to the ground clutching his knee following a collision with Theo Hernandez a few moments earlier.

He tried to soldier on and fight through the visible pain of said knock. But after Rafael Leao waltzed past him to curve open the Blues’ backline, it was clear he would be unable to carry on.

This comes as a major blow for James, who has his eyes set on a place in Gareth Southagte’s starting XI ahead of the Qatar World Cup. As it stands, the Three Lions are set to be without Kyle Walker, who has recently undergone surgery, while Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up a knock to his ankle in Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

What Potter said: “We’re hoping he’ll be ok. We’ll need 24 to 48 hours. We’ll know more after that.”

Expected return date: Unknown

Hakim Ziyech

The Moroccan came off the bench in the win over Wolves, but he has not travelled with the squad to Milan. The 29-year-old has stayed at home due to feeling unwell.

What Potter said: “Hakim is ill. Hakim has a sore throat. That’s why he didn’t travel.”

Expected return date: Aston Villa (A), October 16

N’Golo Kante

What Potter said: “He had a reaction in training, so we’re just waiting for the news on that. It’s not ideal and disappointing for him and for us, so we have to wait and see the extent of it and then go from there.”

Expected return date: Unknown

Wesley Fofana

According to French news outlet L’Equipe, Fofana suffered a sprained knee and is set to miss up to four weeks of action. Daily Telegraph journalist Matt Law has also confirmed the news that the French centre-back will be fit again before the 2022 World Cup in November.

What Potter said: “Obviously, we missed Wesley [Fofana] and Mateo Kovacic, three games in a week for him would’ve been too much as he has been nursing a knee problem.”

Expected return date: November 2022.

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