Thomas Tuchel provides Reece James injury update after Brighton draw

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Reece James suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s Premier League draw with Brighton.

England international James was supported by two members of Chelsea’s medical staff as he made his way off the pitch midway through the first half at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Shortly after James was replaced by Marcos Alonso, Blues summer signing Romelu Lukaku rose well from a corner to head the hosts in front.

But Brighton created a number of chances and finally broke Chelsea’s resistance in injury-time thanks to Danny Welbeck’s superb header.

Not only have Chelsea now drawn three of their last four league games, but the squad is struggling with injuries and Covid-19 absentees.

Asked about James’ injury after the 1-1 draw, Tuchel said: ‘No prognosis. It’s a hamstring injury. We have no more full-backs, everyone is injured.’

Gus Poyet, speaking to Amazon Prime, admitted Chelsea’s growing injury crisis is a ‘big problem’ for Tuchel.

He said: ‘It’s a big problem because already we can see that Tuchel is trying to find players to play in certain positions.’

Brighton hero Welbeck, meanwhile, insisted his equaliser was ‘well deserved’ given the Seagulls’ performance in west London.

‘It’s a well deserved point. It was a good technical performance as well as a physical one,’ the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker said.

‘To get a point here is big for us. I was outside warming up at half time so I don’t now what the manager said at half-time. But we created a lot of chances and we’re happy to come away with a point.’

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