The long-awaited Chelsea debut of Christopher Nkunku may occur on Saturday when the Blues visit Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.
Nkunku left RB Leipzig in the summer for a reported £52 million, but he hasn’t played for his new team since undergoing knee surgery. Mauricio Pochettino, the manager of the 26-year-old Frenchman, has stated that the attacker will be included in the squad for this weekend’s match against the Blades. The forward has participated in full training this week.
Regarding Nkunku’s recuperation, Pochettino declared, “Very good news.” “He’ll be with his teammates and in the squad, feeling the competition.” However, we must maintain our composure and not put all of the pressure on him.
Malo Gusto, the right-back, is also back fully in training, but both custodian Robert Sanchez and captain Reece James will miss a significant amount of time due to injuries they suffered last weekend.
In the first half of Everton’s defeat, James had to be replaced; later in the game, Sanchez and defender Marc Cucurella were also changed.
Having already lost a significant portion of the season due to a hamstring injury, scans last week revealed that James had sustained yet another one. The right back, who is prone to injuries, has only started six games and will likely need to miss more time due to injury.
“We must thoroughly examine the circumstances,” Mauricio Pochettino stated on Friday. He was thrilled to return, so he is a little depressed. We gradually restored him, which was the ideal approach to boost his self-esteem and enable a full recovery. It is hard for him to believe. He is incredibly irritated.
Djordje Petrovic, who Pochettino thinks has “huge potential,” will probably fill in for Sanchez when Chelsea hosts Sheffield United on Saturday due to the forward’s knee issue, which is being treated by a specialist. Now is the time for him to take charge.
“Cucurella is now scheduled to meet with foot and ankle specialists, with next steps to be determined in the coming days,” Chelsea stated in a statement. Goalie Sanchez has been evaluated by the club’s medical staff and doctors on his knee.
“The news comes after the club announced earlier this week that captain Reece James, 24, has a significant hamstring injury, as per the results.”
While Romeo Lavia, the midfielder, is back in limited training, Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, Carney Chukwuemeka, Wesley Fofana, Lesley Ugochukwu, and Noni Madueke are still out of contention.