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    Thursday, 30 December 2021

    Chelsea suffer fresh injury blow ahead of Liverpool visit

    Chelsea have suffered a possible double defensive injury blow ahead of Sunday's Premier League meeting with Liverpool

    The Blues who already have Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva on their treatment table now look set to be without Reece James on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

    James was forced off in the 26th minute of the Londoners' Wednesday night 1-1 draw with Brighton, requiring assistance as he hobbled off the pitch.

    Early indications suggest that the 22-year-old may have suffered a hamstring injury following a challenge from Yves Bissouma.

    The incident now looks likely to leave Chelsea without three key members of their defensive unit for their first kick off in 2022.

    Central defender Andreas Christensen could also be missing, having been replaced at half-time.

    The Denmark international went down five minutes prior to James' departure, but was sent back on to the pitch by the medical department after being assessed on the sidelines.

    Trevoh Chalobah was introduced in his place for the second-half, which could just be a precautionary measure by  Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel as the club look to avoid aggravating issue.

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