Chelsea’s Reece James looks set to miss the World Cup.
The England international, 22, suffered a knee injury during Chelsea’s 2-0 win at AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday.
A scan has revealed significant ligament damage and James is expected to be out for eight weeks.
The news is a huge blow for Chelsea and also England – particularly in light of Manchester City’s Kyle Walker and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold currently being injured.
The World Cup starts in just over five weeks, on 20 November, in Qatar.
James therefore looks extremely unlikely to be involved in the tournament.
A statement issued by Chelsea read: “After consultation between all parties, Reece will now undergo a rehabilitation programme and is expected to be out for eight weeks.”