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Mauricio Pochettino suggests Reece James could return to action this weekend

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that club captain Reece James could be in the squad for Saturday’s game against Nottingham Forest.

James endured another injury-plagued season and has been sidelined since December with a hamstring injury that required surgery.

The 24-year-old has been restricted to just nine appearances but his return to full first-team training is a welcome end-of-season boost for the Blues.

Reece James could play against Nottingham Forest

The Blues have suffered an incredible 54 player injuries this season, which is a league record, and 16 more than second-placed Newcastle, who have 38.

In the recent win against Tottenham, Pochettino was without 14 players, but as the season draws to a close, the list is getting shorter, with the club set to be without six players for the Forest game.

Christopher Nkunku and Malo Gusto returned to action last weekend against West Ham and, in more good news, it looks like James could play at the City Ground.

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James has not played for Chelsea since December.
“We have to evaluate some players, we have to see, maybe he can be available to be in the team,” Pochettino said in his pre-match press conference.

“The most important thing is that he will be with us, it’s a massive boost for any team.

“So we have an amazing relationship, he’s an amazing player.

“It is not easy, coming from a long-term injury, the most important thing is that he can also be available in the team, five, 10, 15 minutes, half an hour.

“It’s unfortunate that it’s only the last week, but it’s important to finish on a good note and for him, it will be amazing to be involved.”

It has been 152 days since James last played for Chelsea and while it looks like it will be too late to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euros, getting back on the pitch will be a huge lift for everyone at the club.

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