'He's naturally upset': Graham Potter admits 22-year-old Chelsea player isn't happy right now

Graham Potter has claimed in his post-match interview that Reece James is upset with his situation at Chelsea right now.

A knee injury suffered against AC Milan put him in trouble, however further developments have seen that he could be out for as many as eight weeks.

The setback is likely to see him miss the World Cup. While Chelsea fans will be feeling the pain right now, it will be echoed by England supporters next month.

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It couldn’t of come at a worse time for the 22-year-old, who was enjoying some of the best football of his career.

Potter has claimed that the nightmare scenario has left James upset.

James upset at injury

He said: “In terms of his involvement in the World Cup I don’t know, it depends on how he recovers. I’m pretty sure he’ll give everything but he’s in a brace for probably four weeks so that’s thrown in a bit of doubt. The boys had a couple of days free, it was important, especially for the international players to get a bit of a break when they can.

“He’s naturally upset because he’s injured and he misses games for us when he was in a fantastic moment with his performance over the two games against Milan. He’d gotten himself in a real good moment of form so he’s disappointed to be injured, but he will fight, he will try his best to get back as quickly as he can and when he does he’ll be a top player.”

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The Blues certainly lacked his abilities both in defence and attack this weekend, as they struggled to a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

The club can have Kepa Arrizabalaga to thank for the three points, with his moments of magic frequently denying the hosts from coming back into the game.

The Blues will need to find an adequate replacement for the Englishman soon. The experiment of Raheem Sterling in that position clearly didn’t have the desire effect against Villa.

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