Chelsea and England have to wait a nervous 48 hours to find out if Reece James avoided a serious knee injury.
The in-form right-back cut a dismal figure as he trotted off the San Siro pitch in the middle of Chelsea’s 2-0 Champions League win over ten-man AC Milan.
Blues boss Graham Potter is hoping the 22-year-old got away without major problems and England manager Gareth Southgate will also be a nervous onlooker.
James will have to face scans to assess the damage to his knee, but Potter remained optimistic when asked about the Blues’ impressive San Siro win.
“We hope Reece is doing well. It’s going to take 24, 48 hours to find out, so it’s too early to tell you more than that,” Potter said.
England’s right-back is among the greatest in world football and yet head coach Southgate will now start sweating over his options for the World Cup in Qatar.
The tournament begins on November 20 and James’ injury problem is adding to concerns for Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Walker is rated 50-50 to recover in time for Qatar while Alexander-Arnold has an ankle injury.
Chelsea drove to victory in Milan to top Group E, with Jorginho scoring from the penalty spot and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring his third goal in as many games.
Boss Potter ensured his fourth straight win with the Blues, whose evening was made easier by ex-Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori’s red card.
Potter remained neutral in his view of Tomori’s sacking, while Milan boss Stefano Pioli lashed out at the decision and didn’t take any hits.
“I can’t really see much of the red card and penalty from where I am,” Potter said.
“If he tripped him, he tripped him. I didn’t see it again, but this is clearly a big moment for us.
“Everyone would agree it changes the game in terms of what Milan want to do. But we still have to count that.
“(It’s) not easy playing against 10 men, especially here. Every action could lead to a goal, so the spectators come back into the game.
“It was a big moment, we felt we could do enough with 11 against 11 but the referee made a decision and we have to move on with that.”
Rossoneri coach Pioli criticized referee Daniel Siebert’s overall performance and expressed surprise at Tomori’s red card.
“I asked the referee if VAR is working properly,” said Pioli.
“It’s difficult to quantify the referee’s attitude in this game, with seven other yellow cards plus the red card.
“Is it now about making our voices heard a little more?
“I don’t think it was the best evening of referees tonight, there’s no question about that.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/graham-potter-gareth-southgate-reece-james-england-ac-milan-b2200742.html Chelsea and England await news on Reece James injury