The Blues defender was pulled out of their recent training session after feeling pain in his knee.
, was pulled out of their recent training session after knee pain came to interrupt the player’s trainings. The 21-year-old was later given a knee scan, which showed fluid has build-up in his joint.
The Englishman, who suffered from a knee injury during their Tuesday defeat, joined his teammates on Friday before feeling severe pain in his knee. It is expectedCesar Azpilicueta
will replace James on their Monday match. The Blues also expect the return ofCallum Hudson-Odoi
for their upcoming games when they are back to full fitness. Among other Chelsea players, who will be out the field for a while, areChristian Pulisic
Despite asking for the return of five substitutions option to the
competition to ease the pressure on the English clubs players, the call was once again turned down by football officials.
frustrated with the decision said:
"When we spoke about it as managers, the overriding factor from managers, whether they were maybe for or against, was that this is a case of player welfare, making sure we are looking after players and giving them the best opportunity to play at optimum level and not putting them at risk and such, because of the uncertain times and the schedule."
"And that schedule gets tougher, for instance we play two games in three days over Christmas. So I think it would have been really beneficial for player welfare. Normally the modern-day player welfare comes out on top, I don't think it quite has this time.”
"But the decision's been made, and we carry on."