But the severity of the problem is serious enough to keep him out for a total of eight weeks, although it remains to be seen whether warm-weather training and access to specialist facilities could reduce the time spent in the physiotherapist’s room.
While Southgate may be encouraged by the latest development in James’ recovery, Graham Potter cast doubt on his star man.
“As far as his involvement in the World Cup, I don’t know,” Potter said. “It depends on how he recovers. He’ll give it his all. I’m sure he will. But he’s had a bad four weeks and it’s holding everything back.