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Reece James to miss eight weeks with knee injury, probably World Cup as well

Bad news at club and international levels

Reece James of Chelsea Fc looks on during the Uefa Champions... Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images

There is good news and bad news for Reece James after seeing a knee specialist this weekend for his injury that he suffered on Tuesday against AC Milan.

The good news is that he will not require surgery and thus will not miss something like the rest of the season.

The bad news is that it’s still not a minor injury, and the 22-year-old is “expected” out for eight weeks, as confirmed by the Chelsea official website on Saturday. While that’s not a hard deadline by any means, it does rule him out until after the World Cup and puts his participation in the World Cup for England under serious doubt.

James himself isn’t giving up on that idea, and has set himself an ambitious and very hopeful target, seemingly, but even if he does come back a lot sooner than expected, it might not be the smartest for him or for England manager Gareth Southgate to take him to Qatar.

In any case, this is most unfortunate news, for both the player, his club, and his country. Here’s to a quick and complete recovery!

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