Chelsea star Reece James may be forced to undergo SURGERY to solve troublesome knee injury

REECE JAMES is set to miss Chelsea's home clash with West Ham tomorrow.

The England right-back has a knee issue and the club is now deciding on how to treat the problem.

He has yet to undergo a scan but this is the next likely step.

James, 21, has played 19 times for club and country this season and now is a permanent member of Gareth Southgate's Three Lions squad.

James first had an issue in the 1-0 victory over Everton before also playing in the defeat at Wolves on Tuesday.

A challenge from Daniel Podence appeared to further discomfort his knee and Chelsea have been forced to get to the root of the problem.

According to the Athletic, it is possible James may need to go under the knife which could rule him out for the hectic Christmas schedule.

The news would come as a blow to manager Frank Lampard with James cementing his spot as an integral figure in his side.

The England international has started 11 Premier League matches and has also featured three times in the Champions League.

After Monday's clash with the Hammers, they take on Arsenal on Boxing Day before home games against Aston Villa and Manchester City.

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