Reece James to miss West Ham and Arsenal games

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According to the Athletic, Chelsea have handed a boost after a scan on Reece James’ knee showed he will only need surgery as a last resort.

James has struggled with a knee problem this season and aggravated the injury after a strong challenge from Daniel Prodence in the 2-1 defeat to Wolves.

It was feared a surgery will be needed which would mean several months out for the England international.

The Athletic also revealed Chelsea are planning to rest James for the games against West Ham on Monday and Arsenal on Boxing Day due to his injury.

Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to start the games against West Ham and Arsenal.

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