Chelsea fans were given welcomed news when Frank Lampard confirmed that Reece James would be back in training following his injury absence tomorrow.
During his press conference for the FA Cup game at home to Morecambe, Lampard confirmed that James was almost back, after missing the last two games thanks to a hamstring problem.
The Chelsea manager did reinforce that it was too soon for the right-back to be reintroduced on the weekend, giving him more opportunity to recover for the fixture away to Fulham next Friday.
Simon Philips broke the news on Twitter during the session, and supporters were largely pleased to hear their young defender will be returning soon.
Although there were mini-celebrations, some met the update with equal caution, not wanting to risk any damage to their priceless possession.
Lampard has been able to call upon the reliable service of Cesar Azpilicueta, but James’ energy and delivery down the right has been missed in recent matches.
Against Morecambe, academy starlet Valentino Livramento could be handed his senior debut in place of James, allowing Lampard a glimpse into options for the position in the future.
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The return of James could be crucial, as we look to break out of our poor run of form.
James is clearly the best right-back at the club, and his attacking qualities and energy could be key in the upcoming weeks.
It is also encouraging that Lampard doesn’t appear to be rushing James back to fitness, as keeping him fit is going to be important for our chances this term.