Thomas Tuchel says Reece James should not join up with the England squad next week and insisted he remain at Chelsea as he returns from injury.
James was sidelined for two months with a hamstring injury at the end of 2021 but returned against Burnley at the start of the month – scoring in that 4-0 win over the Clarets.
The full-back suffered another knock in that game however and has been unavailable for subsequent games against Norwich City, Newcastle United, Lille and Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Middlesbrough.
James has been back in training but after being named in the England squad on Thursday, Tuchel is keen for his player to remain at his club.
Speaking after the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough, Tuchel told reporters: ‘The recommendation is that he does not go.