Good News as Chelsea handed huge Nkunku boost ahead of Middlesbrough second leg

Good News as Chelsea handed huge Nkunku boost with forward return to training this week

with forward return to training this week

Chelsea hope to welcome Christopher Nkunku back to training this week amid fears over his hip injury

The France international joined the Blues in a £52million deal from RB Leipzig in the summer but was ruled out for six months shortly after his arrival with an ACL injury.

He made his belated debut for the club in December, making three more appearances before missing the FA Cup victory over Preston earlier this month.

It was later revealed Nkunku had felt a hip injury in training with Mauricio Pochettino setting alarm bells ringing after admitting he was ‘worried’ for the forward.

‘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,’ Pochettino said last Friday.

‘We don’t know what is going to happen. A little bit worried about the situation of Nkunku.’

Nkunku has missed Chelsea’s last two games, the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat at Middlesbrough and the league win over Fulham, unable to train during that period as a result.

But according to the Evening Standard, the Frenchman is optimistic he can return to training this week and be ready for Chelsea’s next game – the return leg at home to Middlesbrough on 23 January with a trip to Wembley waiting for the winner.

Pochettino suggested last week the club may need to buy a new striker this month given Nkunku’s latest absence.

Nicolas Jackson is currently on international duty with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving Armando Broja as the only fit striker available to the manager.

The Blues boss played down those comments following Saturday’s win over Fulham, however.

’No, it’s not going to affect [transfer plans],’ he said discussing Nkunku’s absence.

‘We are talking, we are assessing the squad. I think Nkunku is going to be ready as soon as possible.’

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