West London giants Chelsea have been handed an injury blow ahead of their Premier League clash with top four rivals Arsenal following the news that young right-back Reece James won’t be fit for the game billed for the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The game is a Matchday 20 clash in the Premier League and also the start of the second half of this season after the halfway stage was reached in the last round of games.
Reece James has been a revelation for Chelsea this season with a series of eye-catching performances at right-back following his return to the club this summer from a loan spell at English Championship club Wigan Athletic last season.
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The England junior international was named the Young Player of the Year in the English Championship last season.
Reece James has been ruled out of the London Derby clash with Arsenal later this weekend after failing to recover from the ankle injury that ruled him out of the Southampton game on Boxing Day.
He has not played for Chelsea since playing the final ten minutes of the London Derby clash at the home of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Frank Lampard confirmed his absence for the Arsenal game during his pre-match press conference for the London Derby.