As he continues to heal from a hamstring injury, Chelsea captain Reece James posted a statement on Instagram. The 24-year-old played just 27 minutes in the Blues’ most recent appearance on December 10 against Everton.
After carefully weighing their choices, the Blues medical staff concluded that surgery was the best course of action for James, who has had numerous injuries over the last two years. The Cobham graduate is training hard behind the scenes to return to the pitch fitter than ever, even though it may be a few months before he does so.
James posted a photo of himself in Chelsea training gear at the gym on social media on Monday afternoon. He wrote, “On the mend,” beside the photo. I hope and wish that everyone is doing well.
James has previously conveyed a message to his supporters. “The footballing world knew I got injured but the procedure I would go down this time took slightly longer to figure out the best solution,” he wrote on Instagram shortly after his surgery.
“To try to resolve my recurring hamstring problem, I had surgery today. The physical and psychological rehabilitation process has begun. I’ve had a lot of support after the injury, but far more hate and vitriol.
“Believe me, I want to play football and I don’t want to get hurt.” It means a lot that I have kind friends who stand by me through both my highs and lows. Reece, stay well.”
This season, Blues manager Mauricio Pochettino has substituted Malo Gusto and Axel Disasi for James, and both players have done a fantastic job filling in for the club captain. Last month, when asked about James, Pochettino responded, “I think he feels well.” We spoke, and he informed us that he had begun his recuperation, bringing him one day closer to joining the group.
“This is very great; everyone is happy around him, and we’re going to support and be involved in this. It is never easy for a player who is having a very challenging, complex season. The time has come to begin the healing process. It will be one day less till he joins the group, and we will proceed in a constructive manner.
“The most important thing is to start to solve the problem and of course, helping him to be strong, being positive, because it is an important thing and that is why this amazing institute that the club has to support in that case for Reece to be in his best form and recover as soon as possible.”