Report: 22-year-old Chelsea man not on holiday over winter break, still working on his fitness at Cobham

Chelsea’s Reece James has reportedly stayed at Cobham during the winter break to work on his fitness.

According to The Athletic, the 22-year-old has decided not to go on holiday in order to continue recovering from a hamstring injury that’s seen him miss the last seven games across all competitions.

It is understood that the FA Cup tie against Plymouth Argyle on 5 February is likely to come too soon for his comeback. It’s the first time the Blues are back in action after a small break for the squad.

The report does state that he could be available the following week for the FIFA Club World Cup, though.

It means the Blues right wing-back should be back playing the next time the side are in Premier League action on 19 February against Crystal Palace. Also, the Champions League knockouts return with a last-16 tie at home to Lille just three days later.

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Massive Chelsea boost

It will be music to the ears of Chelsea fans to hear a return for James is just around the corner.

The England international has been a mammoth absence in Thomas Tuchel’s line-up, albeit Cesar Azpilicueta has done a solid defensive job filling in.

Tuchel’s side are a different animal together when they’ve got their best wing-backs starting offering the width and creating chances. Jason Cundy recently called full-backs James and Ben Chilwell the most important players in the manager’s system.

James already has five goals and six assists this season in all competitions. Hopefully, he continues in the same attacking form when he’s back on the pitch again.

There is so much to play for in the second half of the season, and James will be a crucial part of any success.

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