Media Watch: Tammy Abraham expected to return for play-offs, Frank Leboeuf on Jose Mourinho’s managerial future, Reece James attracts more interest

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Aston Villa believe Tammy Abraham should recovery from injury in time for the Championship play-offs, Frank Leboeuf says Jose Mourinho has to change if he wants to make a comeback in management, and another Premier League team has been linked with Reece James after his fine season on loan at Wigan Athletic.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Villa hopeful on Abraham injury

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is hopeful that Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham will be back in time for the Championship play-offs after missing Villa’s match against Millwall on Monday with a shoulder injury.

The England striker has had a successful season on loan with the Birmingham club, becoming the first player for 42 years to score 25 goals for Villa in a single campaign before he suffered the injury in a 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers last Friday.

While Abraham sat out the match against Millwall and is also expected to miss Sunday’s visit to Leeds United, Smith is hopeful that he will be back for the final match of the regular season on 5 May.

‘He’s had a scan on his shoulder and it’s nothing major,’ said Smith, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

‘The Leeds game will come too early but we’re hoping he will be back for [the season finale against] Norwich.’

Abraham was at Villa Park on Monday and he congratulated the team in an Instagram posting after they beat Millwall 1-0 for their 10th straight win in the Championship.

‘Gutted to be out injured but enjoyable win for the boys today,’ wrote the 21-year-old, who is expected to re-join Chelsea next season.

Mourinho has to change - Leboeuf

Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf believes that Jose Mourinho needs to change his approach if he is to make a successful comeback to football management.

Speaking to ESPN, the Frenchman said that Mourinho may struggle to get back into a job that matches his ambition and stature after the disappointing end to his time in charge of Manchester United, who parted company with the Portuguese in December.

‘I think Mourinho has done his time,’ said Leboeuf, who won the FA Cup with the Blues in 1997 and 2000.

‘I was very fond of him when he came to Chelsea the first time after what he had done with Porto but I think he lost something.

‘I remember all the players would say ‘we love him’. I remember at Inter [Marco] Materazzi crying and everything.

‘I think he has lost that, to the point where even the players who played at Manchester began to hate him.

‘I think he has to think about his life and if he wants to go back to a big club, maybe PSG, but he has to change stuff.’

Red Devils keeping tabs on James

Following news that the Blues have rejected a bid from Brighton for Reece James, the Daily Mail is reporting that Manchester United have taken an interest in the teenager who has enjoyed an excellent season on loan at Wigan.

Chelsea’s reigning Academy Player of the Year has attracted interest after a fine campaign with the Latics which saw the 19-year-old named in the Championship Team of the Year.

According to the Mail’s report, a number of Premier League club are now tracking his progress but United also have a family connection with James as his sister, Lauren, is part of the Red Devils’ women’s team.

However, the England Under-20 full-back is contracted to Chelsea until 2022 after signing a new four-year deal last summer.

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