Chelsea youngster Reece James took to Twitter on Thursday to deliver an update on his recovery from injury.
The defender had a fantastic campaign on loan at Wigan Athletic in the Championship last term and appeared to have been in line for an involved role in pre-season.
However, during England Under-20s’ encounter with Chile Under-20s earlier on this summer, James was struck with a cruel injury blow.
Reports suggested that, as a consequence of sustaining a blow to his ankle ligaments, the 19-year-old would likely miss the start of the 2019/20 season under Frank Lampard.
While that may still be the case, James has shown that he is keeping his spirits up, as he posted a photo of himself having undergone successful surgery on his injury.
Twitter: I’m thankful Surgery went this evening. Minor set backs for major come backs! See you all soon! Thanks for the supp… https://t.co/K65o5s3aTP (@reecejames69)
Lampard will hope that the versatile youngster can make a speedy recovery and put himself into contention for a first-team berth at Stamford Bridge in the upcoming campaign.
Youngsters who could thrive at Chelsea next season
Hudson-Odoi will be desperate to make an impact when he returns from injury. He could be a crucial player for Chelsea next season.
Abraham is set to play a part under Lampard. He was excellent for Aston Villa on loan in the Championship last season.
Ampadu will provide Chelsea with a versatile option. He can play in defence and midfield and could feature more regularly next term.
Mount was excellent under Lampard at Derby County on loan last season. He has the makings of an excellent creative player.