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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Reece James was not unconscious after his nasty collision with Nuno Tavares in the second half against Arsenal on Sunday. The Blues full-back had played a huge role in Chelsea taking a 2-0 lead in the opening 45 minutes.
He provided the assist for Romelu Lukaku’s first goal after just 14 minutes having found buckets of space down the right.
And the England international once again found himself in plenty of room when he was played through by Mason Mount before thundering a strike past Bernd Leno for Chelsea’s second.
Arsenal never truly looked like threatening the Blues with James proving to be a star on the day for Tuchel’s side.
As well as getting forward to join in Chelsea’s attack, James was keeping at Arsenal at bay at the other end of the pitch.
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But there was serious concern for his welfare in the second half when he lay stricken on the ground after going up for a header with Tavares.
The Arsenal star won the ball but Cesar Azpilicueta read the danger to kick the ball out for a corner.
However, Paul Tierney quickly spotted James lying on the floor as it appeared he had been knocked out.
Tavares, Jorginho and Mount also came to James’ aid before Chelsea’s medical staff rushed onto the pitch.
After receiving treatment, James was allowed to return to the pitch before finishing the full 90 minutes.
Tuchel was asked whether James had been unconscious at any stage after the challenge with Tavares, but the Chelsea boss confirmed that the full-back was awake and was only concerned that he had broken a tooth.
“He was not at all unconcious,” he told Sky Sports.
“He was just worried that he broke a tooth and that’s why he was a bit shocked but nothing else.”
It’s now two wins from two for Chelsea with a trip to Anfield next week to face Liverpool, who also have a 100 per cent record to start the season.
“It is a perfect start, two victories without conceding and a London derby,” Tuchel said.
“It is a new group, some players left, some came in and you need these moments where you suffer so we are absolutely happy with the start.
“We are still in the process and need to keep going.”
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