Reece James: Chelsea and England defender will miss World Cup in Qatar due to injury | Football News

Reece James will miss the World Cup in Qatar due to injury.

After talks with Gareth Southgate on Tuesday, it has been decided the Chelsea full-back has not recovered sufficiently from the knee injury he picked up against AC Milan last month.

James flew to Dubai to undergo an intensive rehabilitation program in a bid to get fit for Qatar, and even made a few running attempts at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground in recent days.

However, with injury concerns to another key England right-back – Kyle Walker – and midfielder Kalvin Phillips, Southgate have made the difficult decision to tell James they cannot risk including him in their squad. of 26 men to be announced on Thursday.

“James and his family devastated”

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Rob Dorsett explains why Gareth Southgate decided against Reece James for his World Cup squad following a knee injury he suffered last month.

Sky Sports News English reporter Rob Dorsett:

“People close to James have said Sky Sports News the 22-year-old and his family are devastated that he is missing but they understand the England manager’s decision.

“There was hope, certainly from the player and his family and everyone around Chelsea, that he could play a part in the World Cup, but he lost his race.

“I think the key issue here is the number of other injuries that Gareth Southgate is dealing with in this England team.

“I wrote quite a long story on Sky Sports.com about the decisions Southgate have to make.

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 11: Reece James of Chelsea leaves the pitch after receiving medical treatment during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between AC Milan and Chelsea FC at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on October 11, 2022 in Milano, Italy.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Reece James hasn’t recovered in time from the knee injury he suffered last month

“I said in that article that Reece James was furthest behind any English player in his recovery despite going to Dubai to speed up that recovery and despite having started running again at Cobham after that knee injury.

“But the FA medics, as I understand it, have been advised that it will be several weeks before Reece James is fit to play. He would then have to develop match fitness and return to the squad.

“Southgate decided that while he could still play a part in the later stages of the tournament, he just couldn’t risk it, he couldn’t afford to take it.

“So he called Reece James yesterday to break the bad news and Reece James and his family are understandably devastated by this as he was England’s first-choice right-back before this injury he suffered in the Champions League against AC Milan last month.”

Morris: Southgate’s right decision and for James

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Former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris says Gareth Southgate made the right decision in not bringing Reece James to the FIFA World Cup as the defender recovers from a knee injury.

Former Chelsea assistant Jody Morris on Sky Sports News:

“Even though Reece is going to be absolutely devastated not to be part of such an important event in anyone’s career, I actually think it’s the right thing for Gareth and the right thing for Reece.

“I immediately messaged Reece when it first happened and said, ‘Make sure you don’t come back too early just to prepare for the World Cup, you’re still 15 in front of you “.

“He will have opportunities to play in other tournaments. When someone is so young and has the rest of his career ahead of him, you have to make sure he doesn’t cause himself extra damage for a tournament. which comes too quickly.

“I’m disgusted for him because I think he starts every game for England if he was fit. It seems like the right thing for him from a fitness point of view and for Chelsea and England. long-term.”

Maddison and Rashford set to make headlines as decision time nears

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James Maddison’s form has propelled him up our World Cup rankings, while injuries have bolstered hopes for Trent Alexander-Arnold and left-backs such as Ryan Sessegnon.

Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett analyzes the key decisions Southgate need to make before naming their squad on Thursday:

“James Maddison, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire will be in the headlines when Gareth Southgate names his squad for the World Cup on Thursday – whether they are included in the list or not.

“While I expect the Manchester United duo to be allocated seats on the plane to Qatar, Maddison’s selection is still 50-50.

“Southgate is still sweating over a number of key players who are racing to be fit enough for selection. Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker are at the heart of intensive rehabilitation programs, but also at the center of anxious waiting.

“It will be the first World Cup where nations are allowed to pick 26 players for the tournament, after new rules introduced by FIFA, and that gives the England boss a bit more leeway.

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“It means Southgate can consider players who might not be fully fit as well as those who can be used as impact substitutes, overcoming some of the limitations posed by traditional 23-man squads. Southgate is not a fan of the bigger teams, although he did work with a party of 26 for the Euros last summer.

“Nations are allowed to change their squad at any time up to 24 hours before their first match – in England’s case that means an ultimate deadline of November 20.”

Read Rob’s full analysis of Southgate’s selection dilemmas here.

England’s World Cup squad will be announced at 2pm on Thursday; Follow all the news and reaction live on Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Digital with Rob Dorsett answering your questions about the England squad confirmed on Thursday afternoon.

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