James has been out since struggling a knee ligament damage in October and missed the World Cup.
However the right-back has been working his method again to health and is about to return to offer Chelsea a serious increase after they return to Premier League motion.
“Reece is back,” stated Chelsea supervisor Graham Potter.
Wesley Fofana will miss the sport after defender limped off in a pleasant in opposition to Brentford B final week after struggling a setback in his restoration from his personal knee damage.
“Wesley just had a little setback, as can sometimes happen at the very last stage of rehab,” stated Potter. “So he will be a couple of weeks.”
Neither Mateo Kovacic or Hakim Ziyech shall be accessible after enjoying within the third-place play-off on the World Cup.
Chelsea have misplaced Armando Broja for the remainder of the season resulting from a knee damage and Potter expects to be with out a minimum of seven first-team gamers in opposition to Bournemouth.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is a doubt as a result of he’s nonetheless fighting a calf problem. Edouard Mendy has solely simply returned to coaching following the World Cup.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has a heel drawback, Ben Chilwell a thigh problem and N’Golo Kante is out till a minimum of February after hamstring surgical procedure.
Predicted Chelsea XI: Kepa; James, Koulibaly, Chalobah, Cucurella; Jorginho, Gallagher; Mount, Sterling, Havertz; Aubameyang.
Tuesday December 27, 5.30pm GMT, Amazon Prime Video
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Simon Hooper
Chelsea squad from: Kepa, James, Koulibaly, Chalobah, Cucurella, Jorginho, Gallagher, Mount, Sterling, Havertz, Aubameyang, Mendy, Azpilicueta, Silva, Zakaria, Chukwuemeka, Corridor, Casadei, Pulisic.
Injured: Broja (knee), Chilwell (thigh), Kante (hamstring).
Unavailable: Ziyech, Kovacic.
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