James adds to England's right-back concerns after sustaining knee injury

By Sports Desk October 11, 2022

Reece James has added to England's World Cup concerns after sustaining a knee injury during Chelsea's Champions League clash with Milan.

The full-back appeared to jar his knee as he competed with Theo Hernandez for the ball in the 56th minute of the showdown at San Siro.

Although he got to his feet and continued, James subsequently went down again while chasing Rafael Leao six minutes later and was replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 22-year-old is the latest England right-back to sustain an injury, with Kyle Walker recovering from groin surgery while Trent Alexander-Arnold was withdrawn at half-time during Liverpool's defeat by Arsenal on Sunday due to an ankle complaint.

It has long been a position of real strength for Gareth Southgate's side, but Kieran Trippier may be the last remaining fit option if James faces a period on the sidelines.

The Three Lions launch their World Cup campaign against Iran on November 21, while they also face the United States and Wales in Group B.

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