Chelsea back to winning ways under Graham Potter in Premier League return, but Blues lose Reece James to injury in comeback game

    Chelsea ended their five-game winless run in the Premier League with a convincing 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.

    But whilst Graham Potter will be celebrating snapping the Blues’ longest streak without a victory since December 2012, there was concern as full-back Reece James was forced off with an injury.

    Havertz and Mount both got on the scoresheet to give Chelsea their first league win since October

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    Havertz and Mount both got on the scoresheet to give Chelsea their first league win since October

    Mount and Sterling led the charge

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    Mount and Sterling led the charge

    Kai Havertz broke the deadlock with his fourth goal of the season, before Mason Mount got on the scoresheet with a brilliantly-placed long-range effort to double his side’s lead as the Cherries struggled to get a hold of the game.

    The Blues’ 2-0 win marks their first in the league since October, in which they inflicted the score on Aston Villa, and it puts them one point off the European football spots in eighth.

    “Chelsea need to make a run now, step by step, and this has been the first step tonight,” talkSPORT’s commentator for the game and ex-Chelsea star Scott Minto said.

    But whilst Potter will be relieved he’s beginning to turn his side’s form around following four losses on the bounce, he’s potentially been dealt a blow in losing James to injury again.

    The Blues full-back had damaged his knee ligaments back in October and had been having a fine return for his side against Bournemouth on Tuesday night, but was then withdrawn just after half-time.

    Prior to the game Potter had said he didn’t intend to let James to play the full 90 minutes as he built up his fitness again.

    James went off in the 50th minute after going down

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    James went off in the 50th minute after going down

    James looked in discomfort

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    James looked in discomfort

    And fell onto his back with his head in his hands

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    And fell onto his back with his head in his hands

    But just after the restart James – who was left out of the 2022 World Cup with England due to the previous injury – went down onto the turf.

    The fullback instantly signalled to be taken off before falling onto on his back with his hands on his head.

    He then received medical attention, but was able walk off the pitch and head down the tunnel of his own accord.

    “I hope he’s okay, hopefully it’s just one of those where he’ll be back in a few days,” talkSPORT commentator and ex-Chelsea star Scott Minto said.

    James required medical attention but left the pitch by himself

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    James required medical attention but left the pitch by himself

    “He doesn’t want another injury.”

    Just minutes before the 23-year-old went off, Minto had hailed the star’s performance in the first-half.

    “James in his first game back has that burning ambition to hit the ground running after missing out of the World Cup,” he said.

    “Maybe he thinks he has a point to prove.”

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