Chelsea have confirmed that Christopher Nkunku will be out for an extended period after undergoing knee surgery. The 25-year-old sustained the injury during the Blues’ pre-season draw against Borussia Dortmund in August. Playing on a poor pitch, Nkunku was taken off after just 22 minutes following a challenge by Mats Hummels. Despite attempting to continue, he was unable to do so, and manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed uncertainty about his return. Chelsea has now announced that Nkunku will undergo rehabilitation with the club’s medical department after the operation. According to reports, he is expected to be sidelined for over three months, potentially returning in December. This setback is a significant blow for Chelsea, who invested £52 million in signing Nkunku this summer. With limited options up front, new signing Nicolas Jackson may lead the line against Liverpool on Sunday.
Chelsea Football Club have confirmed a major injury blow after Christopher Nkunku was successfully operated on in order to repair a torn-right thigh muscle.
The 22-year-old French midfielder sustained the injury during a training session and has consequently been ruled out for the next three months.
Nkunku joined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain last July and has featured heavily under manager Frank Lampard, making 16 appearances across all competitions.
The former Leipzig loanee has become an important member of Chelsea’s squad, as evidenced by his impressive performances this season, which included four goal contributions and a Man of the Match display against Burnley in October.
It is understood that Nkunku has paid the ultimate price for his impressive form, with the injury expected to keep him out of action until February.
The news comes as a major blow to Lampard, who is already managing injuries to key players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic, and Tammy Abraham.
The Blues will now have to rely on other midfielders, such as Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante, to compensate for the absence of the France Under-21 international, with the challenge of forming a top-four finish now made that much more difficult.