Chelsea player Reece James: 2022 is the toughest year of my life

LONDON: Chelsea player Reece James has admitted 2022 has been his ‘difficult year’ after suffering a setback during the team’s match against Bournemouth in Premier League on Tuesday. The England international missed the World Cup finals in Qatar, with a knee injury, before returning to Chelsea’s starting lineup during their 2-0 win over Bournemouth. James lasted 53 minutes at Stamford Bridge, which hosted the match, before being substituted with a problem with the same knee he previously injured, and left the stadium wearing a brace. James wrote on his account on the site social networking (Twitter): “The year 2022 has been the most difficult year for me so far. I just want to thank you all for the support.” James added: “I was naturally mentally affected, as I am currently just trying to deal with the cards that have been dealt to me. May the end of the year be filled with pace, joy and happiness. For his part, Chelsea manager Graham Potter expressed his concern about James’ injury after the match, but stressed that everyone will have to wait to know the outcome of the medical tests that will be conducted for the player. The UK news agency (BA Media) quoted Potter’s remarks, who said: ‘It is too early to speculate on the nature of the injury, but this is the same area that she was injured. So we are concerned and will have to see her in the next 24-48 hours.” Potter added: “James sensed something there and we’ll have to find out the extent of that. It’s frustrating, of course. For now, hopefully, it won’t be so bad.” James first suffered a knee problem last October, during the team’s match against AC Milan in Champions League. (dpa)