Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has welcomed Reece James back to Chelsea training with a cheeky but caring social media interaction.

James returned to mix with some of Graham Potter’s squad following his lengthy lay-off through injury.

Potter decided to include the England international in the 25-man roster who jetted off to Abu Dhabi for additional training during the World Cup.

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Chelsea’s fantastic full-back hasn’t played since damaging his knee against AC Milan in October.

He had desperately attempted to be fit enough in time for the competition in Qatar, but Gareth Southgate decided not to take the risk.

Instead, James remained in recovery, with his sights now set on appearing in the first Premier League match once the World Cup has finished.

Reece James on the road to recovery

Chelsea face Bournemouth on the 27th of December, after playing Aston Villa in a friendly in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

It is yet to be seen whether James will be available for either fixture.

But he’s at least making positive strides by being involved with Potter’s group once again.

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The manager, fans and players alike will be delighted once James is available for competitive action, a feeling of joy that is clearly already bouncing around the camp.

Aubameyang and the defender enjoyed a humorous back and forth on one another’s Instagram stories to greet the latter’s progress.

The experienced striker began the entertainment with a photo of himself staring at James inquisitively, who had his hands in his head.

James then replied with the same photo, but including the caption ‘It’s been a while bro. Still rusty’.

Aubameyang concluded the conversation with that image again, just adding the line ‘No worries you back that’s the most important’.

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, Pierre.  

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