Christopher Nkunku return and Four ways Chelsea can line up with £52m signing

Christopher Nkunku return and Four ways Chelsea can line up with £52m signing

The latest on Christopher Nkunku and his scheduled return to action as the Chelsea attacker steps up his recovery from a serious knee injury he suffered in pre-season

Christopher Nkunku is on the brink of making his competitive Chelsea debut as the £52million signing nears his recovery from injury. The France international picked up a knee problem during the Blues’ final pre-season game of their tour of the United States in the summer and has not featured since.

Nkunku was pictured training with the rest of his Chelsea teammates at Cobham earlier in the week and there are suggestions he could make the bench for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United. Mauricio Pochettino will be cautious and careful when it comes to introducing Nkunku to Premier League football after a lengthy layoff through injury.

Fortunately for Chelsea and Pochettino, the side are currently in a rich vein of form in front of goal. The Blues have scored eight goals in their last two matches against Tottenham and Manchester City, with some attackers full of confidence right now.

The likes of Cole Palmer, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson have all been in fine form over the past two games. Palmer looks like Chelsea’s most creative attacking option right now and all of the positive play has been going through the 21-year-old.

Meanwhile, Sterling was excellent against Manchester City in the game before the break. The former City winger has been enjoying his best run in the Chelsea side since signing from the Manchester-based club almost 18 months ago.

Jackson, too, has thrived in the past couple of games. The Senegal international netted a hat-trick against Spurs and one against City, meaning he now has four goals in his last two matches – making him almost undroppable to Pochettino at this point.

So when Nkunku is back to full fitness and available for selection again (perhaps this weekend from the bench), how does the Frenchman get into what is an in-form Chelsea attacking lineup? Well, there are four possible ways have conjured up.

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