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Forward has made only nine appearances for Blues

Nkunku's injury jinx strikes again

2024/02/27 16:17

Chelsea forward Christopher Nkunku's frustrating start to life at Stamford Bridge continues, as the Frenchman has again been ruled out by injury for up to a month. 

Signed from RB Leipzig for £52m in the summer, Nkunku has only mustered nine appearances this season for the Blues, primarily due to a serious knee injury he picked up last August and a further hip injury sustained in the New Year. 

The 26-year-old Frenchman came off the bench in Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley, but was unable to make an impact as the Londoners slipped to an extra-time defeat inflicted by a late winner from Reds defender Virgil van Dijk.

Ahead of their FA Cup fifth round clash against Leeds United on Wednesday, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Nkunku will again have to watch from the sidelines for a lengthy spell.  

"We need to see and evaluate every day but he's out for three or four weeks,” the Argentine confirmed. “We hope no more.

“It’s difficult for him. We watched him when he arrived in pre-season. He was flying on the training pitch until he got injured. Now it is nearly eight months and he has been involved again but it is not the same player as before.

“We have in our head the amazing Nkunku from pre-season but it is not the same player because of the circumstances. That’s why it is sometimes unfair when we judge."

Christopher Nkunku
NameChristopher Alan Nkunku
Born/Age1997-11-14(26 -yrs-old)
Dual Nationality
DR Congo
DR Congo
PositionForward (Inside Forward)



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2024-02-27 17h38m by hturnerford
As a football fan, it's frustrating to see Nkunku continue to struggle with injuries at Chelsea. We were all excited when he signed for a big fee, but he's only managed 9 appearances so far. Hopefully he can recover quickly and make an impact for the team.
2024-02-27 17h19m by jwhiteheadbarnes
Such a shame to see Nkunku sidelined again for another month. Really hope he can make a strong comeback soon and show us what he's capable of on the pitch.
2024-02-27 16h50m by a_12_shawcross
As a football fan, I'm feeling disappointed for Nkunku's frustrating start at Chelsea. Injuries have clearly hindered his progress and it's a shame he hasn't been able to make a bigger impact for the team. Hopefully he can make a speedy recovery and get back on the pitch soon.
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