Core defender 8 weeks out… England ahead of WC

[골닷컴] Reporter Dong-Ho Kim = Rhys James was eventually diagnosed with an anterior eight weeks. The England national team ahead of the World Cup is full of dissatisfaction with Chelsea’s response.

Chelsea said on their official website on the 16th (Korean time), “James visited a specialist after receiving treatment from Chelsea medical staff over the weekend. After consultations with all parties, James will go into rehab and will be absent for eight weeks.”

Not only for Chelsea, but for the England national team as well. James appeared in the Champions League group stage match 4 away game against AC Milan last week. Chelsea won, but James was forced to leave with a knee injury during the match.

At the time, James’ injuries did not appear to be serious. After the end of the match whistle blew, James entered the field to celebrate his victory and held a celebratory ceremony with his teammates. However, unlike the Chelsea players who returned to England, James stayed in Milan to examine and treat his injuries.

James’ injury, which he thought was not serious, turned out to be unexpectedly serious. With the World Cup just a month away, an 8-week out is equivalent to not being able to participate in the World Cup. However, it seems that James will not give up his World Cup dream and focus on his rehabilitation, speeding up his return.

The Daily Mail reported that “James is still refusing to give up hope. However, the England national team is dissatisfied with Chelsea’s response to staying in Milan for one day without returning them to London right away.”

James is the right wing defender representing England and Chelsea. He was born in 1999 and is still only 22 years old, so he is considered a player with a bright future. A former Chelsea youth, he appeared in the Premier League like a comet from the 2019-20 season, establishing himself as Chelsea’s main defender. He achieved the UEFA Champions League title in the 2020-21 season.

Afterwards, he made his debut in England’s A team under coach Gareth Southgate. He has played 15 A matches so far since making his debut in 2020. Especially in England, James, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and other prominent full-backs were lined up in England, but James was selected as the starting pitcher. England are hoping that James’ rehabilitation will be completed quickly.

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