Reece James injury: Chelsea star gets World Cup scares in Champions League win over AC Milan

Reece James gave England a World Cup injury scare as Chelsea topped Champions League Group E with a 2-0 win over 10-man AC Milan.

James cut a dejected figure as he trudged away midway through the second half with apparent leg problems, adding to injury worries for Chelsea and England.

Graham Potter was upbeat when asked for an early diagnosis: “We hope he’s fine, it will take 24, 48 hours to find out so it’s too early to tell you more than that. “

While James himself took to social media and wrote, “fingers crossed it’s not bad love for all the news appreciate you all.”

Jorginho’s penalty and a fine finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed Chelsea’s fourth straight win in all competitions under Potter.

Former Blues defender Fikayo Tomori endured a night to remember at the San Siro with an 18th-minute red card that put his old club in the driver’s seat.

England are arguably the strongest right-back in world football but coach Gareth Southgate’s options for Qatar are becoming more limited by the day.

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker is only rated 50-50 to make the World Cup, which begins on November 20 after groin surgery.

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has an ankle problem and now James has added to those worries.

Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier appears to be the only established right-back for the national team at the moment, although club and country will be hoping for good news from James.

Ahead of this rematch, Tomori revealed his latent anger after Milan’s 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

When the 24-year-old came into the competition with gnashing of teeth, he left the San Siro square prematurely with steam in his ears.

Tomori raged about referee Daniel Siebert, fourth official Daniel Schlager and many bystanders who refused to leave the field after being sent off.

The Canadian-born centre-back disabled Mason Mount in the penalty area and suffered the full consequences.

As a last man, Tomori could ultimately find little fault, even if elements of foul play seemed soft.

Jorginho tuned out the deafening shouts and ignored lasers shining in his eyes to convert the penalty after Tomori finally and reluctantly angrily left the stage.

The dismissal, of course, changed the game and gave the Blues extra time and space, especially in attack.

Ex-Chelsea man Olivier Giroud nodded when he was unmarked in the penalty area, but beyond that Milan struggled for a first-half stop.

And then Aubameyang struck home from Mounts Pass for the first time to double the visitors’ lead with an elegant goal.

Conor Gallagher replaced Mount at half-time and quickly drew a shot just wide as the Blues tried to stay in control.

Chelsea relented given their situational and territorial dominance, while Milan struggled to influence proceedings.

Just as the Blues were about to wrap up the perfect night, James gave Boss Potter another injury problem.

England will also sweat over James’ problem given the potential impact of the standout outsider in Qatar.

However, Chelsea will advance in Group E as the Blues now have their fate in control after two fine wins against Milan.

New boss Potter’s influence is growing by the day and West Londoners appear to be warming to the ex-Brighton man’s approach.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/reece-james-chelsea-injury-england-world-cup-b2200706.html Reece James injury: Chelsea star gets World Cup scares in Champions League win over AC Milan

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