Now back from his injury, James has been involved in recent games, however, he is yet to play the full 90 minutes since his return.
It has been an eventful few months for Reece James. The full-back received a major honour in the summer after being named Chelsea’s captain. However, he was not able to fully enjoy that new role after picking up an injury early in the season which kept him sidelined for more than couple of months. Now back from his injury, James has been involved in recent games, however, he is yet to play the full 90 minutes since his return.
The English right-back is happy with the progress he is making and is happy to help his teammates one again. Reece James feels he is slowly progressing towards the level he left before getting the injury. “I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I definitely feel my strength and fitness building up again. Recently, I’ve been able to play consistently. I haven’t been able to play 90 minutes yet, but I’m training and playing hard, and pushing the limits every day to get back to my best level,” James told the club’s website.
He added: “I’m happy to be helping the team again as well. After almost three months out, it takes a while to build back up and find your form again. Some people think as soon as you come back you should instantly be at the level you left at, but it doesn’t work like that. You have to move slow and steady. That’s what I have been doing. I’m slowly progressing.”
James then went on to speak about his role as captain and how big a help Thiago Silva has been for him. “The captaincy has been great, but it was difficult when I wasn’t fit because it is hard to affect things as much when I’m not with the group all the time. Thiago probably helps me the most whenever I’m unsure, or I feel like I need advice on something. He is nearly old enough to be my dad! So he is the person I go to. It’s not for me to say what sort of captain I am, but I’ve enjoyed it so far. It’s an honour,” he elaborated.
The young full-back is also happy with the progress Chelsea is making on the pitch. After the bad start made to the season, the Blues seem to have turned it around in recent weeks with some positive results against the big sides in the league. “We’re still a fairly new group. The more time we spend with each other the more understanding we have. That helps us. We have come a long way,” he elaborated.
He further added: “Our performances in the past five or six weeks have picked up. Everyone is happy around the place. Our confidence is growing. Results help that. It’s the starting point. When we’re performing well as a team people are going to try more things and look more confident. We’ve had a tough run of games, and we’ve picked up some good points. We have stepped up. We need to keep building on this now.”
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