Pulisic says Chelsea teammate was 'unbelievable' before injury

Pulisic says Chelsea teammate was in 'unbelievable' form before his injury

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic expects Blues teammate Reece James to recover from a knee ligament injury and be “flying” again soon.

James has arguably been one of the best and most consistent performers for Chelsea this season, alongside Thiago Silva.

Mostly playing as a right wing-back, he has proved to be important both defensively and offensively, having already registered two goals and two assists for the Blues so far this season.

Unfortunately, the 22-year-old is expected to be out for two months after sustaining a knee injury in Chelsea’s win over Milan at San Siro earlier this month.

It is pretty clear that Pulisic was impressed by James’ form prior to his injury, and he expects the defender to bounce back soon.

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“We never like to see it,’ the USA international told Chelsea’s official website.

“Reece has been unbelievable with the way he’s been playing recently for club and country.

“He’s obviously a really close friend of mine, so you hate to see him go down, but I know that’s not the end of him.

“We all know it. He’s going to continue to fight, get himself ready as soon as he can and when he’s back he’ll be flying again.”

James’ absence has left Chelsea and Graham Potter a big hole to fill in the upcoming weeks.

Cesar Azpilicueta and versatile midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek seem to be main options at the moment, but they are obviously not as good as James in this position. Although to be fair, very few, if any, are.

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