‘Rather unfortunate’: Paul Merson shares massive injury advice with Reece James after latest setback

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Paul Merson has advised Reece James to be patient, and stop rushing his injury recovery process.

James suffered a massive blow to his chances of making it to next year’s European Championship with England earlier in December when he pulled out of the first half of Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Everton with a hamstring injury.

It’s the second time the 24-year-old would suffer from a hamstring injury this season, and is now expected to be out for at least, three months.

James has already missed more than two months of football to injuries this term, and had to undergo a surgery in Finland recently as both he and Chelsea sought a more permanent solution to the issue. It has also been claimed that the right-back didn’t want to take the surgery option before, but Merson has urged him to take his team to heal properly.

“It’s rather unfortunate that one of their [Chelsea’s] best players, Reece James, is now sidelined for a long time again,” the Arsenal legend told Sportskeeda while speaking ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Wolves on Sunday.

“It’s a bit of an issue at this point. He seems to rushing himself back because he clearly loves playing football.

“But with these injuries, one has to be patient. I feel for the guy, he is a very good footballer too. But he’s got to show some patience if he is to avoid these constant injury problems.”

With the exception of James, eight other Chelsea players are unavailable for the game against Wolves, including Noni Madueke.