Chelsea have confirmed that Reece James has indeed suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s game against Everton, and he will now “begin his rehabilitation programme”, which is customarily vague and of unknown length, but does seem to indicate that surgery is not on the cards, at least not at the moment.
So the assumption is that James will be back this season at some point, though that some point may be some point in the fair distance. The Guardian, for example, claim that the club captain is “expected to be out for about three months”, which does put him on the more severe end of the hamstring injury scale.
But even if James is back by the spring, the question of why we continue with these conservative treatments on a recurring injury remains. He’s been available for less than half of our games, having been able to start just 41 of our last 91 league games, since the start of 2021-22. Trying the same fix over and over again is unlikely to lead to different outcomes, and will only lead to further frustrations.