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Huge blow for Chelsea as they sweat on extent of Reece James injury

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Reece James is set to see a specialist this weekend to assess the injury he suffered in Chelsea’s midweek victory over Milan, amid reports he could miss the upcoming World Cup.

James was forced off in the victory at San Siro and the Daily Mail has subsequently reported he sustained ligament damage, which could rule him out for between six and eight weeks.

Chelsea boss Graham Potter was questioned on James’ situation ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Aston Villa, but was unable to provide a definitive timeframe for the defender’s recovery.

“Reece is due to see a specialist over the weekend so until we get that information there’s not too much I can add. We will wait and see,” Potter said in Friday’s news conference.

“There’s discomfort so we just need to check and see a specialist.

“When we spoke yesterday he didn’t feel so bad, but you need to get things checked and see the way forward.”

Any long-term absence for James would represent a severe blow for Gareth Southgate’s England, particularly with fellow right-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker also battling injuries.

Chelsea will also be without N’Golo Kante and Wesley Fofana for Sunday’s clash against Villa, and Potter provided an update on the pair.

“Kante is due to see a consultant at the weekend. It’s a setback and it’s not good news. But at this stage, I can’t give you anything more,” he added.

“Fofana is progressing where he was. I don’t think we’ll see him before the World Cup.”

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