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Chelsea confirm Reece James' injury setback

Chelsea right-back Reece James will be out on the sidelines for up to four weeks after suffering a knee injury in the Blues' 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday.

The England defender James, who missed the World Cup due to an injury to the same knee, was replaced by captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the 53rd minute.

The Premier League match at Stamford Bridge yesterday was James' first game since his return from the injury.

A Chelsea statement read: "Defender Reece James underwent assessment earlier today after being substituted during the second half of last night’s 2-0 Premier League victory over AFC Bournemouth due to a knee injury.

"Scan results have regrettably confirmed a setback for the 23-year-old, with Reece now set to be ruled out for up to a month."

The 23-year-old full-back posted on Twitter that 2022 has been "the toughest year to date".

Meanwhile, Chelsea have announced they have an agreement to sign Ivory Coast striker David Datro Fofana from Norwegian club Molde on 1 January.

The west London club secure the services of the 20-year-old, who scored 15 goals in 24 league games for Molde in 2022, for a reported fee of 12m euros (£10.5m).

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