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Reece James in line for Chelsea return for Club World Cup

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Reece James in line for Chelsea return for Club World Cup

Chelsea and England international star right-back Reece James is set for his return for first-team duties as the Blues approach the Club World Cup in February.

Thomas Tuchel’s outfit is the headline favorite in the annual international tournament of confederation champions which also features Palmeiras (CONMEBOL), Al Hilal (AFC), Al Ahly (CAF), Monterrey (CONCACAF), AS Pirae (OFC), and Al Jazira as tournament hosts.

As reported by The Athletic’s Simon Johnson, James looked scheduled to be available in time to be selected for Tuchel’s tournament squad.

But his return will not be soon enough in order to feature in the fourth round of the FA Cup when Chelsea clash with Plymouth on 5 February but should be available before the club jet-sets off to the United Arab Emirates for the tournament which is set to take place in the host city of Abu Dhabi.

James missed at Chelsea

The return of star right-back Reece James cannot come soon enough for Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel as the Blues could have a number of defensive headaches to contend with for the remainder of the season. Not through fitness, but contract futures.

Both club captain César Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen have been linked with potential moves to Spanish giants Barcelona on the back of both players having yet to agree to fresh terms in west London past the end of the current season.

Chelsea star Reece James on course for Club World Cup return

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 23: Ryan Sessegnon of Tottenham Hotspur gets away from Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on January 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Though that does not throw Chelse for a spin this season, James’ reintroduction into the XI under Tuchel will at least hopefully guarantee that he has come through his injury concerns which by default lightens the blow should Azpilicueta decide to leave the club and opt for a return to Spain.

Beyond that, his availability will once again mean that Tuchel can revert back to a back three deployment while utilizing James as a right wing-back; a position that Azpilicueta is not primarily suited to. Overall, it goes without saying that Chelsea are an immeasurably better outfit with then England star fighting fit.

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