Reason – Christopher Nkunku return will be huge

When Chelsea are now hoping Christopher Nkunku will be back from injury

Christopher Nkunku could yet make his official Chelsea debut before the end of the year.

That is according to well-respected journalist Simon Phillips.

Christopher Nkunku impressed during the summer as part of Chelsea’s pre-season tour, but the serious knee injury he picked up means he’s still waiting to make his competitive debut for the Blues.

The 25-year-old attacker’s watched on from the sidelines so far this campaign.

There’s been a reported update about his fitness that may excite some of the fanbase, though.

Chelsea boost

Simon Phillips has reported via his Substack on Wednesday morning that Nkunku continues his rehabilitation with a combination of recovering with experts in France and working at Cobham.

Apparently, the French forward may get to make his Chelsea debut before the end of 2023.

He’ll soon return to some light training as his recovery continues.

Phillips wrote: “I am told that there is hope he will make his Chelsea debut before 2024 arrives, but obviously that depends on how the rest of his recovery goes.”

Christopher Nkunku return will be huge

We’re finally starting to see Chelsea’s attack find a bit of form and potency, scoring eight times in the previous three Premier League games. It’s been a long-term issue at Stamford Bridge for a few years now when it comes to scoring regularly, though.

In our view, Nkunku’s going to be a big game-changer when he’s fit and available.

The versatile attacker scored 70 goals in 172 RB Leipzig apperances. We’re pretty confident he can post similar numbers in Chelsea colours, too.

Frank Leboeuf told EPSN last month, Nkunku may be able to really help Chelsea at the top end of the pitch when he’s fit.

He was gelling extremely well with his Blues teammates before his injury setback, so we’re intrigued to see where he fits into the starting line-up once he’s up and running.

If you examine the current make up of the side, Nkunku’s most obvious route into the XI may be as the No 9. He’s got the quality to play as a striker, second striker or winger for the Blues.

All eyes will be on Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino to see how he incorporates him.

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