Didier Drogba sends message to Reece James after injury ruined his chances at playing at the World Cup

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has taken to Instagram to send a message of support to Reece James after injury ruled him out of the World Cup.

England are set to announce their squad today, with Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling certain to be amongst those chosen by Gareth Southgate.

Wing-back Ben Chilwell has had his tournament hopes ruined already by injury.

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James had been hopeful that he was on for a sensational return from a knee injury to feature in the latter stages for England this winter in Qatar.

His sensational season had left him the nailed on favourite to start on the right of England’s defence for the tournament.

However, news emerged that Gareth Southgate personally got in touch with him to inform him that we wasn’t willing to risk his fitness by taking him to Qatar.

Drogba messages James

This saw a number of his Chelsea teammates get in touch to offer their support, with Gary Neville messaging with his own experience at missing a major tournament through injury.

Now, he will surely get inspiration after a club legend in Drogba commented a similar message on his Instagram.

He said: “Everything happen for a reason, keep the same spirit and you will be rewarded. Much love.”

While supporters will no doubt be gutted for the 22-year-old on a personal level, there will be a selfish part of Blues fans that will be thankful his fitness won’t be risked.

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Graham Potter has struggled massively to find a suitable replacement for James to help his side compete at the top level.

The likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have failed to have the same impact, whilst Raheem Sterling has seen his performances drop off since being needed to fill in there too.

James is now targeting a return to football in a friendly during Chelsea’s training camp in Abu Dhabi.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released