Chelsea and England right-back, Reece James received tons of messages as he turned 23 on Thursday, December 8.
The birthday celebrant, Reece James, who was last seen in football action in October due to a knee injury, took to his Instagram to announce that he has turned 23 on Thursday.
Being one of Chelsea’s prominent players, he has been instrumental in Graham Potter’s winning times before the Blues felt his absence which is evident from their poor performance before the World Cup break.
The 23-year-old Reece James, who is “ever grateful” for his new age received thousands of birthday greetings via the comment section of his Instagram post from former and current Chelsea players like Didier Drogba, Tammy Abraham, Thiago Silva, Mason Mount, and many others.
Who is Reece James?
Reece James is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for the Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team.
James, who turns 23 yesterday, was born on the 8th of December, 1999.
Reece James Sister
Lauren James, born on the 29th of September 2001, is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for the Women’s Super League club Chelsea and the England women’s national team.
Lauren James is the darling sister of Reece James. They both play for Chelsea’s women and men’s team respectively.
The 21-year-old Lauren James has been in excellent form for the Blues this season and her brother was in attendance at Kingsmeadow as she delivered another incredible feat against West Ham in September.
Being praised for his strength, wit, and ability to drift past opponents and create brilliant goal chances, former Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel says James is “strong and influential” to the Blues team.
Reece James started his football career at Chelsea Academy at the age of six and turned into a professional player with Chelsea in March 2017.
During the 2017/18 season, he captained Chelsea’s under-18s to win the FA Youth Cup and was named Academy Player of the Season.
On 25 September 2019, James made his debut for Chelsea’s senior team after returning from loan.
James has played 4 seasons for Chelsea and during this time he played 154 matches and scored 11 goals across all competitions.
During these successful seasons at Stamford Bridge, James has managed to win one FIFA Club World Cup, one Champions League title, one Uefa Supercup trophy, and two English youth league campaigns for Chelsea.
Why did James receive a red card?
James was given a red card for a handball on Chelsea’s goal line and Liverpool was awarded a penalty after a VAR check on August 28, 2021.
He appeared to block Sadio Mane’s shot from close range with his leg but the ball touched his arm, prompting referee Taylor to award a penalty.
When is Reece James expected to return from injury?
Reece James has been recovering from the knee injury he picked up in Chelsea’s Champions League match with AC Milan back in October.
Chelsea’s new boss, Graham Potter was hopeful that his favorite right-back, James would be fine but he was unable to bounce back to fitness; being the reason he was not selected in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England squad for Qatar World Cup.
However, being out of football action for about two months now, the 23-year-old Blues defender has been reintroduced to light training this week as Chelsea begins preparations for the return of Premier League action with a camp in Abu Dhabi.
It’s good news for the Blues as Chelsea boss, Graham Potter says Reece James is the nearest of Chelsea’s injured players to return fully to training.
Graham Potter wrote on Chelsea’s website: “Reece is not quite fully training but he’s integrating into training along with Wesley. Wesley is a little bit further behind but not too far.”
It remains to be seen if James would have been fit enough to feature as Chelsea will face Aston Villa in a friendly this weekend before returning to Premier League action against Bournemouth on December 27.