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    James reveals mental impact of ´toughest year to date´ after another injury setback

    Reece James thanked Chelsea fans for their support after his “toughest year to date” ended with an injury to the right-back.

    It looked like 2022 was going to be a memorable year for James for all the right reasons, as he starred at Chelsea and was set to play a key role in England’s 2022 Qatar squad.

    However, an injury robbed the defender of his World Cup dreams and he only returned from a knee problem on Tuesday in the Premier League opener against Bournemouth.

    James’ return was then cut short by an apparent setback, with Chelsea manager Graham Potter subsequently “worried” and waiting for more news.

    While there was no official word on James’s status on Wednesday, the England international opened up about his psychological losses in a pessimistic Twitter post.

    “2022 has been the toughest year to date,” he wrote. “I just want to thank you all for your support, none of you will go unnoticed.

    “It is natural [affected] I mentally, I’m currently just [trying to] deal with the cards that were dealt to me.

    “I hope your end of the year is filled with peace, joy and happiness.”

    Potter, quoted by BBC Sport, added: “Until you work with him, you won’t see how good he is. He could play for any team in the world and any team will miss him.

    “The plan was to play 60 minutes. [against Bournemouth]so now he’s disappointed, of course. We hope that things are not as bad as they were and that he will get better soon.”

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