Christopher Nkunku to miss start of the season

Chelsea will be without French forward Christopher Nkunku for the first half of the season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday

(Football news) “Nkunku has sustained a knee injury which will rule the forward out for an extended period. The 25-year-old has undergone an operation and will now begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical department,” the club said in an official statement.

Nkunku joined Chelsea on a six-year contract from RB Leipzig last month and has only appeared in pre-season friendlies for the Blues so far.

In a violent collision with Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels in Chicago, the £52 million summer addition from RB Leipzig hurt his knee.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino refused to blame the terrible field at Soldier Field, which had recently hosted an Ed Sheeran performance.

The 25-year-old is a product of France’s renowned national football academy in Clairefontaine and began his professional career with Paris Saint-Germain. Before joining RB Leipzig in the summer of 2019, he made 78 first-team appearances and was a member of three Ligue 1 titles and two Coupe de France successes. 

During his stint at Leipzig, he won the DFB-Pokal twice and scored 58 goals in all competitions in the last two seasons.

’’Chelsea, which ended outside the top 10 in the Premier League last season, is seeking a fresh start under Mauricio Pochettino, who led Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League final in 2019.

On Monday, Chelsea kicks off its Premier League campaign against Liverpool.

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