- Reece James will miss the beginning of the new Premier League season
- The Chelsea full-back was expected to break into Frank Lampard's new team
- Reece sustained an ankle injury while he was on duty for the England U19s
Frank Lampard has been dealt an injury blow ahead of the new season after Reece James underwent surgery.
The new Chelsea manager is understood to be relying on the highly-rated full-back to make a push for first team action in the upcoming campaign.
The 19-year-old who had an impressive spell on loan at Wigan last season, appeared to be making good progress from ankle ligament damage.
But he posted a photo on his social media handle, showing himself recovering in the hospital.
Posing with a thumbs up from his bed, James, 19, wrote: "I'm thankful surgery went this evening. Minor setbacks for major comebacks!
"See you all soon! Thanks for the support."
Chelsea legend John Terry was one of those wishing the England U20s star well, writing on the post: "Get well soon mate."
Ross Barkley added: "Speedy recovery bro!"
And defender Antonio Rudiger commented: "Be strong bro."
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James picked up his injury while representing England at the Toulon Tournament in June - which at the time was believed to be a broken ankle.
His injury could prove as a stumbling block to Crystal Palace who are trying to sign him as a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who joined Manchester United for £50million.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Cesar Azpilicueta has insisted that everyone loves newly appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
The Spain international also stated that himself and the rest of the senior members of the squad are ready to help develop academy players coming through.
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