Reece James out of England U-21 squad due to reported training injury
Chelsea defender Reece James has withdrawn from England U-21 squad after a reported training injury which would be another blow to Frank Lampard’s pre-season problems.
Chelsea’s official website announced the 20-year-old’s withdrawal from the England U-21 squad for their Euro qualifiers against Kosovo and Austria, along with Crystal Palace new signing Eberechi Eze.
No reasons were given by the official statement, but according to a report from the Evening Standard, both James and Eze suffered training injuries.
James’s injury would add to Chelsea’s injury list following Hakim Ziyech’s recent knee problem during the pre-season friendly against Brighton on August 29.
Christian Pulisic, Billy Gilmour, and new signing Ben Chilwell are also still in recovery from their injuries.
Gilmour is expected to be out for several months, while both Pulisic and Chilwell could return from injury in the first few weeks of the Premier League new season which officially starts on September 12.
They would still miss the already shortened pre-season, however.
Several other first-team players including Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have also also missed the pre-season due to reported self-isolation following their holiday, although the former two are expected to join up with the England squad for their UEFA Nations League fixtures.
After the international week, Lampard will have about one week of the pre-season period left, and that would be without several of his first-team players, before their first Premier League match against Brighton on September 14.