Buzzing Chelsea Youngster Stretched Off And In Need Of Oxygen During England U20s Game

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Chelsea youngster Reece James suffered a bad injury while playing for the England U20s in the Toulon tournament.

Reece James needed oxygen on the pitch before being stretchered off in the U20s clash against Chile. James suffered a suspected broken ankle and is set to miss the start of the new season for Chelsea.

The 19-year-old Chelsea academy product needed oxygen, but was conscious when being stretchered off, with England chasing their first win in Group A.

James joins fellow academy graduates Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the long-term injury list. A lot was expected from the youngster after a successful loan spell with Wigan last season that enabled him make the Championship Team of the Season.

James admitted at the end of last season that he is hoping to get a chance to play for Chelsea – a club he has supported since he was a kid.

“It’s a great feeling to play week in, week out in a good league and to play on the international stage as well,” he told Wigan Today.

“My ambition is to play for Chelsea, and every day I work hard to get there.

“I was a fan as a kid…my heroes growing up were [Frank] Lampard, [John] Terry and [Didier] Drogba. Sooner or later, hopefully I get chance.” The 19-year-old impressed during his loan spell at Wigan Athletic last season and made 38 appearances for the Championship club. He is being seen as competition for Cesar Azpilicueta for the right-back spot in the near future.

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