I have to keep working hard over the next few weeks and see where I am, says Reece James

Chelsea star Reece James hasn’t given up on making England’s World Cup squad and has revealed he’s taking it day by day and will see how far it takes him. The 22-year-old suffered a knee injury against AC Milan earlier this month and is currently out for eight weeks.

Kyle Walker’s operation in September left many England fans worried for their side, especially after Reece James was substituted against AC Milan beginning of October. However, things went from bad to worse after James was ruled out for two months of action, a period which includes the World Cup. This left Gareth Southgate without options at right-back, although things could be even worse for the England boss.

However, James and Walker could potentially be fit in time for the World Cup, even if the pair are likely to miss much of the early part of the tournament. Still, James admitted he was struggling and hadn’t given up hope of making the squad for the winter tournament. The 22-year-old, however, revealed that his recovery was going slowly and that he was taking things day by day, although there was no timetable indicating when things might change.

“I have to keep working hard over the next few weeks and see where I am on call day. I’ll try not to rule myself out. It’s still slow and in its early stages. I’m in recovery I’ve been out of rehab for two weeks, so I’m still taking it day-to-day,” James said, Goal reported.

“The chelsea the medical staff did not give me a percentage of my chances of being back for the World Cup. It depends on how close I feel to time and its stability.”

With his rehabilitation rather slow, James confessed he was trying to be “positive”, although he confirmed that although he was not in pain he did not want to rush things to risk his recovery. The full-back also added that he doesn’t know when he ‘will be able to race again’ and that the medical team asked him not to rush things.

“I’m trying to be positive. I don’t know how long this injury will last. I’m not in pain. But if I try to speed it up, it might be a bit risky. I try every day to m ‘improve, get it right and get back in shape as soon as possible. You’re more gutted in the early stages of the injury and then you have to get through it.

“I don’t know when I will be able to race again. I ask this question every day but the medical team does not give many answers. You don’t go from walking to running. It’s a tough thing about injuries – you have to do it in stages, so I have to start running in the pool first. Hopefully it will be in the next few days. Every day I come in for an assessment and then I go on electric machines and get therapy. I go to the gym and the swimming pool. After that, no more processing,” he added.

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