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Christopher Nkunku has not trained in last 10 days, confirms Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino

Published at :January 12, 2024 at 11:12 PM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 11:42 AM
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Rajarshi Shukla

The Argentine manager says he is worried about Christopher Nkunku’s injury

Christopher Nkunku will not play for Chelsea against Fulham due to injury, and manager Mauricio Pochettino is “a little bit worried” regarding the attacker. However, four other players with injuries are expected to play.

Christopher Nkunku suffered a hip injury last month while playing Luton, which prevented him from playing in both Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg defeat to Middlesbrough and the FA Cup victory over Preston. Nkunku had missed the first few months of the campaign due to a knee injury.

Before this Saturday’s West London derby, the Frenchman remains unavailable to practice, but Ben Chilwell, Benoit Badiashile, Carney Chukwuemeka, and Trevoh Chalobah are getting closer to returning.

‘Good news about Benoit and Chilwell and we need to assess Carney Chukwuemeka if he will be available or not,’ said Pochettino at his pre-match press conference on Friday when asked for his latest team news.

‘But Chilly and Benoit, Chilly yes, for sure they will be involved in the squad for tomorrow.

‘And then also the good news is that Trevoh Chalobah has joined the team and has started to work with the group and now we need to assess day-by-day and see if he can help us as soon as possible.

‘But he’s doing well and it’s a good thing that Trevoh is training now with the team, rejoined the team.

‘Always when you recover players, important players, it’s important that they can be involved.

‘But I’m worried a little bit about the situation of Nkunku because still now I think it’s 10 days that he cannot train and we are assessing him.

‘We don’t know what is going to happen. A little bit worried about the situation of Nkunku but I think it’s good news in another side [of the coin] that players like Chalobah, Chilwell, Badiashile and Chukwuemeka are so close to being involved again and to help the team to perform.’

When asked if Nkunku’s loss was worse than anticipated, Mauricio Pochettino went on: ‘I remember my first press conference after he suffered a small issue and then all was complicated.

‘And now I think it’s nearly 10 days that he is not training, eight or 10, and of course after six months that we were wating for him and now when he was so close again to feeling comfortable, he started against Palace.

‘And of course disappointed with that and a little bit worried because I think we want him as soon as possible to be involved again.’

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