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Christopher Nkunku expected Chelsea debut date set after exciting Mauricio Pochettino update

Christopher Nkunku has been sidelined with a knee injury since August but is now stepping up his recovery as he looks to make his Chelsea debut in the coming weeks.

Chelsea star Christopher Nkunku is closing in on a return to full fitness after suffering a serious knee injury in pre-season. The Frenchman has not featured for the Blues so far this season after arriving from RB Leipzig for a fee of £52million in the summer.

Nkunku required surgery to correct the issue with his knee - ultimately sidelining him for a number of months - which has delayed his competitive debut for Chelsea. Over the past few months he has provided a number of updates on his rehabilitation process with fans left in a frenzy after seeing him outside in his full training gear at Cobham on Thursday.


There is a huge expectation about what the France international can add to Mauricio Pochettino's side after his impressive displays for Leipzig in Germany over the past few years. Nkunku scored 47 goals and provided 43 assists in 119 Bundesliga appearances - highlighting his immense ability to score and create chances for his teammates.


On the impact he will have upon his return, Pochettino said: "He was the player when you see the goals from last season, it's a player that can provide goals and I think we are missing goals. We think he's a player that can be important for us because he proved he can score."

As Chelsea fans eagerly await Nkunku's first competitive appearance for the Blues - Pochettino has now offered an exciting update on the Frenchman's recovery. "He is doing well," the Chelsea boss said ahead of the Brentford clash.

"I think he is close, I hope he can be involved soon, maybe after the international break. Maybe not, not sure."



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