Why Reece James did not start for Chelsea against Brentford

Why Reece James did not start for Chelsea against Brentford

Reece James is only fit enough to make the bench for Chelsea’s clash with Brentford on Saturday afternoon. As the full-back is recovering from COVID-19, it has emerged.

Chelsea take on the Bees at Stamford Bridge with the future of the club off the pitch still up in the air, as fans protested the potential Ricketts takeover in light of comments against Muslims that emerged over the international break.

On the pitch, however, things seem to be meandering to a spot in the Champions League next season via a third-place finish in the Premier League, while attentions will surely be drawn to semi-final of the FA Cup against Crystal Palace and their Champions League knockout clash with Real Madrid.

James only fit enough for the bench

However, their preparations have taken something of a hit as Reece James has been passed fit enough only for a spot amongst the substitutes, perhaps with an eye to the Real Madrid clash on Wednesday.

This comes as it emerges that he has been suffering with COVID-19 over the past week, further punctuating what has been a difficult season for the rampaging full-back.

James has at times been unplayable when fit, but has been fit altogether infrequently, having suffered from injuries and COVID-19 throughout the season, that has limited him to just 17 Premier League appearances this campaign.

This, combined with the season-ending injury to Ben Chilwell in October, derailed any real chance of Premier League success this season. They will be hoping for a win against Brentford to kickstart preparation for their clash with Real Madrid, however.

Read more:

Real Sociedad vs Espanyol betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

Barcelona vs Sevilla betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds


Chelsea betting odds, next game:

Chelsea vs Brentford odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers

Chelsea’s latest videos

Ice Cold Nutmegs, Academy Rookies Impress & Azpi Goes Behind The Camera ️ |  Chelsea Unseen


Ice Cold Nutmegs, Academy Rookies Impress & Azpi Goes Behind The Camera ️ | Chelsea Unseen

Take a look behind-the-scenes in training at Cobham as Chelsea prepare for their Premier…

2022-04-01T17:01:18Z

Thomas Tuchel Live Press Conference: Chelsea v Brentford |  Premier League


Thomas Tuchel Live Press Conference: Chelsea v Brentford | Premier League

Download Chelsea FC’s official mobile app: -App Store https://apple.co/2vvlN9t -Play Store http://bit.ly/2MfNJHX Subscribe: …

2022-04-01T12:49:56Z

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 29 50 70
2 Liverpool FC 29 55 69
3 Chelsea FC 28 38 59
4 Arsenal FC 28 13 54
5 Tottenham Hotspur 29 11 51
6 Manchester United 29 8 50
7 West Ham United 30 10 48
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 5 46
9 Aston Villa 29 1 36
10 Leicester City 27 -4 36
11 Southampton FC 29 -9 35
12 Crystal Palace 29 1 34
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -10 33
14 Newcastle United 29 -17 31
15th Brentford FC 30 -14 30
16 Leeds United 30 -33 29
17 Everton FC 27 -18 25
18 Watford FC 29 -26 22
19 Burnley FC 27 -16 21
20 Norwich City 29 -45 17
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 9
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8

Leave a Comment