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‘Doctors are checking him’ – Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino provides update on Christopher Nkunku’s knee injury

Bynewsmagzines

Aug 3, 2023
'Doctors are checking him' - Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino provides update on Christopher Nkunku's knee injury


Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Christopher Nkunku suffered a knee injury in Chelsea’s 1-1 pre-season draw against Borussia Dortmund.

The 25-year-old had to be substituted in the 22nd minute at Soldier Field in Chicago, where he was replaced by Mykhailo Mudryk.

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Nkunku started the pre-season clash against Borussia Dortmund in ChicagoCredit: Getty
But he was taken off in the 22nd minute after picking up a knee injury

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But he was taken off in the 22nd minute after picking up a knee injuryCredit: Getty
Pochettino is unsure when the Blues star will return to the pitch

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Pochettino is unsure when the Blues star will return to the pitchCredit: Getty

Playing on what was a shocking pitch, the versatile Blues star hit the deck after being challenged by Mats Hummels in the box.

He managed to continue for over ten minutes, but once again fell to the floor, with club doctors providing the France international treatment.

But he was unable to carry on competing, leading to fears from fans that the summer signing could be set for a spell on the sidelines.

Speaking after the match, Pochettino provided an update on the player’s niggle, where he failed to give a time frame on when Nkunku will next be on the pitch.

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Quoted by Chelsea’s website, he said: “The doctors are checking him and I hope it is not a big issue.

“He fell in the action [against Hummels] which was maybe a penalty and he feels something in his knee, but we hope it is nothing big.

“We hope he can be back quickly with the team. We need a few days to assess him.”

Pochettino then failed to blame the condition of the pitch as a possible factor in Nkunku’s knock.

Nkunku picked up his knock following a challenge from Dortmund defender Hummels

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Nkunku picked up his knock following a challenge from Dortmund defender Hummels
Nkunku was unable to shake off his niggle at Soldier Field

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Nkunku was unable to shake off his niggle at Soldier Field

He stated: “We took some risks because the pitch is not perfect because the facilities are used for a different sport.

“We won’t blame the pitch for the injury though. For me, it was bad luck.”

Nkunku has been one of Chelsea’s stars of pre-season since joining from RB Leipzig – scoring in three separate matches against Wrexham, Brighton and Fulham.

But he could now miss the west Londoners’ first Premier League game of the new campaign against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on August 13.

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