‘I love him, but…’: John Mikel Obi highlights one major issue with this world-class 24-year-old Chelsea star

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John Mikel Obi has admitted he’s a big fan of Reece James’, but he has a problem with the fact that the Chelsea right-back is injury-prone.

James was named captain of Chelsea last summer, but the 24-year-old could not even play up to five matches before he picked up a hamstring injury.

After months on the sidelines, the England international returned to the team, but again, he could only manage a handful of appearances before he was down with another hamstring problem.

According to Mikel, who was recently speaking with former Chelsea teammate, Joe Cole on the Obi One podcast, James is too important a player at the club for him not to be available to play all the time, and he has now suggested that Mauricio Pochettino considers handing the armband to another player.

The former Chelsea midfielder said: “Reece James. I love him as a player and I think he should be the captain of the football club. But you can’t be the captain if you are constantly getting injured.

“I love him as a player and a person but we need… we played with the greatest captain a football club could ever have [John Terry] and he would play with broken toes.

“He trained with it. This is what we had and something that would galvanise the team. Now we don’t have that.”

James has undergone surgery for the hamstring problem, and is now in recovery, but the Chelsea skipper is not expected back until later in March.

On his day, Reece James could be regarded as the best right-back in the world. However, injury problems have hampered his growth.