Due to a knee injury sustained during Chelsea’s Champions League triumph against AC Milan on last Tuesday, the defender for Chelsea is expected to be out for the next eight weeks.
The 22-year-old will therefore be absent from the World Cup, which starts in Qatar in just over a month.
With fellow right-backs Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold both suffering recent injuries that could prevent them from flying, James was anticipated to play a big role in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
James said on Twitter on Saturday night that he still intends to travel to Qatar in spite of everything.
“The race against time is on,” he declared. We won’t give up though.
At this moment, his chances are minimal because Southgate will name his 26-man team on November 10 and it is unclear whether the manager will take a chance on any of his players’ fitness.
James won’t play for his club before the domestic and international seasons are over, therefore he will be absent for crucial matches against Arsenal and Manchester United as well as the finish of Chelsea’s group stage Champions League run.
N’Golo Kante, a teammate from Chelsea, will miss the World Cup championship defense for France in Qatar because of a hamstring injury that would keep him out for three months.