Pochettino reveals one player he hopes to see in action before the end of the season. He has not kicked a ball in 2024

Photo: Chelsea FC/via Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino has expressed hope that Reece James will play again for Chelsea before the 2023-24 football season comes to an end.

Reece James has not kicked a ball for Chelsea in 2024 after sustaining a hamstring problem last December.

The 24-year-old has however undergone surgery, and looks well on course to make a return in the coming weeks.

“I think he will be involved before the end of the season,” Pochettino said of James at a press conference.

“This is my hope, but for me, the priority is about him, to help him find his best again to feel solid and strong, and not have any doubt about going on the pitch again.

“It’s really important and maybe the process is a little bit longer because I think we need to build his confidence and feel strong.”