Reece James’ surgeon predicts whether Chelsea star will be fit for England’s Euro 2024 campaign after latest setback

REECE JAMES will be in “top shape” for Euro 2024, according to his surgeon.

The Chelsea full-back suffered a hamstring injury two weeks ago and is now set to be unavailable for at least three months.

Reece James is set to be fit in time for Euro 2024


Reece James is set to be fit in time for Euro 2024Credit: PA
The full-back suffered a hamstring injury earlier this month


The full-back suffered a hamstring injury earlier this monthCredit: Getty
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Dr Lempainen has revealed that James will be unavailable for three to four monthsCredit: Instagram @lasselempainen

He underwent surgery on Thursday in Finland following several assessments.

And his surgeon, Dr Lempainen, has assured him that he will be fully fit in time for next summer’s European Championship.

In an interview with the james-injury-hamstring-surgeon-england-euros-chelsea/”>Telegraph, Dr Lempainen was very optimistic about James’ road to recovery.

He said: “I am very convinced that Reece will be in top shape before the European Championship.

“Chelsea will decide on how long he takes, but more likely we are talking about that kind of period [three to four months].”

James has suffered several hamstring injuries in recent years.

However, Dr Lempainen believes the 24-year-old’s recent operation will increase the chances of him staying fit.

He added: “The surgery gives Reece a better chance of staying fit and not having a recurring problem.


“We will try to do our best during the rehab process to assess the risk factors in Reece’s left hamstring and try to help his strength, mobility and sprinting technique, so Reece can enjoy high-level football again.”

After undergoing surgery this week, James took to Instagram to reveal that he had received more hate than support from football fans.

He wrote: “The footballing world knew I got injured but the procedure I would go down this time took slightly longer to figure out the best solution.

“I had surgery today to try fix my recurring hamstring issue, the recovery has started, both physically and mentally.

“Since this injury I’ve had a good amount of support but significantly more hate and negativity.

“Believe me I don’t wanna be injured, I’m happiest when I’m playing football.

“Thanks to the understanding people that support me despite the highs or the lows, it goes a long way. Stay well, Reece.”

Should his recovery go to plan, the Chelsea star could return to action in March.

However, the chances of him being fit for England’s spring friendlies against Brazil and Belgium are slim.

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