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The international break has come at a good time, as it will provide injured players more time to make their recovery before the games begin.
Club football will be on pause for a fortnight, as we turn attention to the international scene. Afterwards, FA Cup football will resume before the Premier League kicks off again. For Chelsea, the Blues will even have to play in the Club World Cup before resuming league football duties.
One player who should be back in the team for our Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on February 19 is Reece James.
Reece James has made significant strides with his recovery, and the club believes he could be back to action at the start of the FIFA Club World Cup campaign next month.
The 22-year-old right-back was forced off with a hamstring problem in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Brighton on December 29 and has missed his side’s last seven games in all competitions.
According to The Athletic, James began doing individual drills at Cobham for the first time this week and is planning to return to full training within the next fortnight.
However, the report claims James may be unavailable for Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Plymouth on February 5, but it is believed that the 22-year-old will make the trip to Abu Dhabi for the FIFA Club World Cup the following week.
With Champions League football set to resume next month, the club is predicting that Reece James must have reached full match fitness for the Champions League clash against Lille at Stamford Bridge on February 22.
Reece James has been a top player for the club this season, and many believe that his injury and that of Ben Chilwell has seen Chelsea lose steam in the race for the Premier League title.