Tuchel says James wasn't unconscious but 'worried he lost a tooth'

Thomas Tuchel downplays concerns Reece James suffered a concussion after staying down following aerial challenge in Chelsea’s victory over Arsenal stating the defender was ‘worried he had broke a tooth’

  • Reece James was stricken on the ground after a collision with Nuno Tavares
  • There was some concern the Chelsea defender had suffered a concussion
  • Surprisingly at the time James carried on as Chelsea won the game 2-0
  • Thomas Tuchel confirmed that James was just ‘worried he had broke a tooth’   

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has downplayed concerns that Reece James suffered a concussion during their 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday.

The defender made a huge impact on the game by assisting Romelu Lukaku to score on his debut before netting their second in a comfortable victory.

However, there was a worrying moment for the 21-year-old in the second half after a nasty collision with Nuno Tavares as both men battled for an aerial ball. 

There was concern for Reece James after this nasty collision with Nuno Tavares

James was stricken on the ground as players from both sets of teams went to check on him

The Chelsea defender though was able to continue and was not knocked out from the collision 

It looked like he had been knocked out and the crowd at the Emirates fell silent as the defender was stricken on the ground.

Arsenal and Chelsea players went up to check on him before medical staff came onto the pitch. 

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He eventually got to his feet and after receiving more attention on the sideline he returned to the pitch to the surprise of Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville.

After the game, Tuchel was questioned over James and whether he had been knocked out in the collision.

Thomas Tuchel said after the game that James was ‘worried he had broke a tooth’

The German manager responded: ‘He was not at all unconcious.

‘He was just worried that he broke a tooth and that’s why he was a bit shocked but nothing else.’

The collision didn’t seem to affect James who played the final 20 minutes of the game as Chelsea went on to take their second victory in the opening two league games. 

It was a great performance by the youngster who was making his first start of the season after coming on a substitute during the 3-0 victory on the opening weekend against Crystal Palace. 

The result puts Chelsea top of the table and level on points with Liverpool, Brighton and Tottenham who also won their opening two games. 

James made a huge impact on the game by assisting Romelu Lukaku before scoring himself




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