Chelsea Captain Reece James Undergoes Surgery for Recurrent Hamstring Injury

Chelsea captain Reece James has undergone surgery in an attempt to address a recurring hamstring injury.

James was substituted after 26 minutes due to an injury in the 3-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park two weeks ago.

It was the first time he had started a game for Chelsea since November 25, following a previous hamstring injury that had kept him out for eight matches.

The 24-year-old mentioned that he has experienced “significantly more hate and negativity” since his latest injury.

Neither James nor Chelsea have disclosed the expected duration of his absence.

“The footballing world knew I got injured, but the procedure I would go down this time took slightly longer to figure out the best solution,” James wrote on Instagram on Thursday.

“I had surgery today to try to fix my recurring hamstring issue, and the recovery has started, both physically and mentally.”

James suffered his previous hamstring injury during Chelsea’s draw with Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season in August, and he did not play again until October.

The defender’s struggles with injuries have been well documented over the past two seasons, and since the start of the 2022-23 campaign, he has only featured in 24 Premier League games.

He also missed the World Cup in Qatar last year due to knee ligament damage.

Chelsea Captain Reece James Undergoes Surgery for Recurrent Hamstring Injury

Chelsea captain Reece James has undergone surgery in an attempt to address a recurring hamstring injury.

James was substituted after 26 minutes due to an injury in the 3-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park two weeks ago.

It was the first time he had started a game for Chelsea since November 25, following a previous hamstring injury that had kept him out for eight matches.

The 24-year-old mentioned that he has experienced “significantly more hate and negativity” since his latest injury.

Neither James nor Chelsea have disclosed the expected duration of his absence.

“The footballing world knew I got injured, but the procedure I would go down this time took slightly longer to figure out the best solution,” James wrote on Instagram on Thursday.

“I had surgery today to try to fix my recurring hamstring issue, and the recovery has started, both physically and mentally.”

James suffered his previous hamstring injury during Chelsea’s draw with Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season in August, and he did not play again until October.

The defender’s struggles with injuries have been well documented over the past two seasons, and since the start of the 2022-23 campaign, he has only featured in 24 Premier League games.

He also missed the World Cup in Qatar last year due to knee ligament damage.

“Since this injury, I’ve had a good amount of support but significantly more hate and negativity. Believe me, I don’t wanna be injured, I’m happiest when I’m playing football,” James added.

“Thanks to the understanding people that support me despite the highs or the lows, it goes a long way. Stay well, Reece.”

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“Since this injury, I’ve had a good amount of support but significantly more hate and negativity. Believe me, I don’t wanna be injured, I’m happiest when I’m playing football,” James added.

“Thanks to the understanding people that support me despite the highs or the lows, it goes a long way. Stay well, Reece.”

Chelsea is preparing for the busy festive period, starting with an away league fixture at Wolves on Christmas Eve at 13:00 GMT.