Good news for Chelsea youngster: Back in ‘three to four weeks’ and in managers plans

Chelsea youngster Reece James is currently on the sidelines recovering from a knee injury, after an impressive spell on loan at Wigan Athletic last season.

After undergoing knee surgery earlier this month, reports of an expected return to the fold has been provided by reliable youth account via Twitter, Chelsea Youth.

Three to four more weeks and the versatile 19-year old will hopefully be involved once again, which will give new Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard more selection headaches.

In response to other teams around him buying players to strengthen, Lampard has named James as one of five players who can come back into the squad and make a difference for him.

In quotes via The Metro, Lampard says “We have to be realistic, but then I see every day the quality we have here.

“And I think about the players not here like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Antonio Rudiger and Reece James, and I think we have a competitive squad.

“I believe in them and there’s more because we have a lot of younger players.”

James will be looking to come in and push for a place in the first team squad. But he will have to fight it out with Cesar Azpilicueta and Davide Zappacosta should he wish to play as a right back.

But having that versatility will also be important, James played a lot of the season last year as a centre midfielder for Wigan.

The fact that his manager is already speaking him name as one of those he’s looking forward to coming in, then the immediate future looks bright for the England Under 20 starlet.