Chelsea defender Reece James’ injury-hit campaign came to an early end after he was ruled out for the final few weeks of the season on Tuesday because of a hamstring problem.
Fitness issues have limited the England right back to just 16 starts in the Premier League this season.
His latest injury came during the loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals last week, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said. James completed the game against the European champions at Stamford Bridge but a scan revealed the extent of the problem.
Lampard also said midfielder Mason Mount, who has been linked with a move away from the club, is also unlikely to play again before the season’s final game.
Mount is set to have surgery on a long-term pelvic problem. With uncertainty over a new contract, he could have played his last game for Chelsea.
“Medical staff have been trying, but we’ve got to a stage where he will have minor surgery,” Lampard said of Mount. “It’ll probably be a four-week recovery and we all know where that gets us to.”