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19-year-old Chelsea right-back Reece James is recovering in hospital after having successful surgery on Thursday.
James suffered an ankle ligament injury during England’s Toulon Tournament defeat to Chile last month.
The surgery comes as a surprise as he was already back to running and even posted a video on social media that showed his progress on the training ground.
James posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed on Thursday with the caption: “I’m thankful surgery went well this evening. Minor setbacks for major comebacks! See you all soon! Thanks for the support.”
James was expected to be back by the end of preseason but after this surgery on Thursday, it’s not clear how long he would be out.
James is one of several young players who have been tipped to feature for Chelsea’s first team this season after impressing on loan at Wigan last season, playing 45 times. He was named in the Championship team of the season.
Fellow Chelsea academy graduates Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also currently recovering from surgery having suffered Achilles injuries in recent months.
Get well soon, Reece.