Chelsea defender Reece James will be out for three to four weeks after suffering a knee injury in Tuesday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth.
England international James, who missed the World Cup due to a knee injury, was forced to leave the game in the 53rd minute.
It was his first game since returning from injury.
On Wednesday, the 23-year-old posted on Twitter that 2022 had been “the toughest year to date”.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter said of the injury immediately after the game on Tuesday: “We hope it’s not as bad as it was and he can recover quickly.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea has agreed to sign Ivory Coast forward David Datro Fofana from Norwegian club Molde on January 1.