After Chelsea supplied the most recent information on his recuperation when announcing who was well enough to face Aston Villa, Reece James posted a mysterious injury update. The Blues have a long injury list that totals double digits, with Moises Caicedo, Christopher Nkunku, and James at the top.
Caicedo missed the match against Bournemouth after returning from international service with a slight knee injury, whereas James and Nkunku are long-term absentees. The Ecuadorian midfielder missed training during the week, but Mauricio Pochettino gave a positive update on his availability before the weekend.
We must evaluate Moi tomorrow; up until today, he was training alone, not with the squad. In his Friday press conference, Tottenham manager Pochettino said, “We need to assess tomorrow and see for Sunday. As they prepare for their first starts of the season, Romeo Lavia and Benoit Badiashile have also had a variety of obstacles. However, another trio, which includes James, is getting closer to making their comeback.
Pochettino continued, “I believe Reece and [Carney] Chukwuemeka, as well as [Trevoh] Chalobah, are very close to starting training with the team. In the 3-1 loss to West Ham, Chukwuemeka injured his knee, and Chalobah is struggling with a hamstring strain from preseason.
James was noted as “continuing to undergo his rehabilitation programme” in the injury update released on Chelsea’s official website. Following an official update and the most recent from Pochettino, James appears to have sent a social media injury message.
James shared a post from Odell Beckham Jr. on Instagram that stated, “God heard you, just be patient.” Given that injuries have plagued the England international’s Chelsea career for the past few years, a lengthy stint in the team will undoubtedly require patience. The Cobham graduate was made captain by Pochettino at the beginning of the season, although he has only played in one competitive match for the new Blues manager, a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on the first day of the campaign.
“I think he [Silva] is an experienced player that doesn’t need the armband and then I think it’s important to build something for the future,” he said. “The future as well as the present. He’s there, and the captain is doing more than just affixing the armband. To be clear, I believe Thiago may have given it to Enzo, but Enzo is still having trouble speaking English.
“I believe Conor can perform the job flawlessly if we need to talk with the referee, and I prefer Conor over Enzo because I believe Conor can speak English regularly. Enzo is still not ready, in my opinion, to command. It’s not just because of someone’s profile, demeanour, or character. You have to interact with people, and if you can’t manage the language well, you can’t be a captain, right? I’m not sure. I may be mistaken, but that’s just my view.