Premier League News: ‘The race against time has begun, but we won’t give up’ – Chelsea’s James clings to World Cup dream

    Reece James has not given up on his World Championship dream despite being ruled out for eight weeks with a knee injury.

    James was substituted during Chelsea’s 2-0 Champions League triumph over Milan in the middle of the week and the Blues confirmed on Saturday that the right-back will undergo a “rehabilitation program” that will see him sidelined for two months.

    That would mean he would miss out on England’s World Cup campaign in Qatar, which starts on November 22 against Iran.

    A statement on Chelsea’s official website reads: “Following a knee injury sustained in our away match against Milan, Rees received treatment at the Chelsea Medical Department and visited a specialist this weekend.

    “Following consultations between all parties, Reece will now undergo a rehabilitation program and is expected to be out for eight weeks.”

    James, however, doesn’t seem to have written off the possibility of getting into Gareth Southgate’s team.

    In a tweet, the 22-year-old said: “The race against time continues… But we won’t give up.”

    Southgate is facing trouble on the right wing ahead of the tournament, with fellow right-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker also struggling with injuries.

    Walker faces a race to make it to the team in time after undergoing surgery for a groin problem, while Alexander-Arnold has struggled in form this season and has been sidelined with an ankle problem.

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