Reece James leaves on crutches
Reece James left Stamford Bridge on crutches after sustaining a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.
The result leaves the Blues 8 points behind Manchester City, and represents a massive blow to their title chances as they continue to slump, having won just one of their last 5 home games, with four draws.
And Reece James is set to join Ben Chilwell on the treatment table, with Chilwell out for the rest of the season, Chelsea confirmed yesterday.
Reece James leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches.
Saindo de muletas. Não um bom sinal.
Momento difícil para o Chelsea com mais um ala contundido no dia que Ben Chilwell foi operado no ligamento cruzado. O time empatou em casa contra o Brighton. #ChelseaVsBrighton #chelsea pic.twitter.com/dqwW6K9jqT
— Joao Castelo-Branco (@j_castelobranco) December 29, 2021
Asked about James after the game, Tuchel revealed:
“No prognosis on Reece James. Hamstring injury. We have no more wing-backs, we have everybody injured. I will always protect my players. No we need to not talk about the next game.”
Tuchel: “No prognosis on Reece James. Hamstring injury. We have no more wing-backs, we have everybody injured. I will always protect my players. No we need to not talk about the next game.” #CFC
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) December 29, 2021
And in the time since, Chelsea fans have taken to social media to beg for a pair of January additions.
Full backs please
Writing on Twitter, several Chelsea fans have demanded that the club act to rectify their defensive issues in the January transfer window, with two names at forefront of their minds.
The players in question? Everton’s Lucas Digne and Barcelona’s Sergino Dest.
how about we get both digne and dest?
— ™️ (@0shi_val) December 29, 2021
Bring in Digne and Dest @ChelseaFC.
— Danush Deshmuk Tirna (@DDT_Chelsea) December 29, 2021
— Iffy x HavokZz x (@x_havokzz_x) December 29, 2021
Dest and digne in January or we’re going trophyless and barely clinching 4th
— Adam⭐️⭐️ (@cfc_adam8) December 29, 2021
With James now injured for the foreseeable future , we should be getting Dest & Digne in first week of January but knowing how Marina & his cohorts work , we probably will sign Digne on loan January 31st 3mins before Deadline pic.twitter.com/4zqdJgFRzE
— X R CHELSEA ⚡️ (@chelseatuch) December 29, 2021
Digne/Dest and Tchouameni…
— Ollie Glanvill (@OllieGlanvill) December 29, 2021
Dest + Digne both needed https://t.co/WNIJ0OZwbO
— R (@BeIgiannn) December 29, 2021
Need to bring in both Dest and Digne in January now. No excuses
— Kyle (@kylegooch_) December 29, 2021
Will Chelsea act to reinforce their backline?