“I cannot say the date of when it’s possible” – Pochettino issues update on injured Chelsea star

Mauricio Pochettino has said he can’t give a date for when Reece James will return to action and won’t rush him to be fit for the Euro’s.

James has been sidelined with a hamstring injury he picked up in December during the 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

The Blues captain underwent surgery in Finland at the end of last year in a bid to put a stop to the constant hamstring injuries he has suffered.

The 24 year old has been limited to just eight appearances this season and only made 16 last season as he missed the World Cup in Qatar.

With the Euros taking place this summer it seems there are no guarantees that James will be on the plane to Germany.

Pochettino said he couldn’t give a date for a possible return and in quotes picked up by talkSPORT said: “I cannot say the date of when it’s possible.”

“His target and our target is for him to be fit and feel happy and well. Then we’ll see about the possibility of going to the Euros or not, or to be ready for next season or to play before we finish this season.”

“The most important thing now is to build his confidence, his physical condition, to recover all the good feelings.”

“The target is not to try and play the last five games or in the Euros or pre-season.”

“The target is to build again his confidence and to feel strong, then to start to play when he feels strong and can deal again with the competition.”

James has only appeared for England in one major tournament and that was Euro 2020.


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