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Chelsea defender Reece James withdraws from England camp following injury setback

Right-back Reece James has pulled out of the England squad after suffering an injury setback, according to the Evening Standard.

The defender will miss the game against Ukraine tomorrow and is doubtful for Chelsea’s clash with Aston Villa next week.

England manager Gareth Southgate will likely issue an update on the player’s situation later today.

The Cobham graduate returned to the England set-up after missing the 2022 World Cup through injury.

He made his first appearance for the Three Lions in a while off the bench as England beat Italy 2-1 to open their 2024 European Championship qualifying campaign.

James’ recurring injuries continue to worry both club and country. He has missed 23 games for Chelsea this season.

The Blues will be disappointed at this latest news, considering he is one of the most crucial players in their squad.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek will likely replace him in the team. He has played as a right-wing-back for Chelsea manager Graham Potter ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta.

James is England’s fourth injury concern ahead of the game against Ukraine.

Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount and Nick Pope have already pulled out with injuries leaving the manager with 21 players.

Southgate used Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker against the Italians. He will likely start the game against Ukraine.

Southgate will have to start Ben Chilwell at left-back against Ukraine, with Luke Shaw getting a red card in the win over the Azzurri.

The Three Lions will hope to continue their perfect start to their Euro 2024 qualifiers with another win tomorrow.

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