Chelsea attacking midfielder Christopher Nkunku has not suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, according to Alex Goldberg.
The host of The Byline podcast, who has provided accurate information on Kai Havertz’s move to Arsenal in the past, says claims that Nkunku could be set for another spell on the sidelines are not true. Manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Nkunku won’t be involved against Manchester United, leading to speculation about his fitness, but Goldberg says the Blues are simply taking every precaution to ensure that his return to first-team football goes smoothly:
Been assured there’s been no setback at all with Nkunku. They are simply waiting until he’s 110%. He’s still more or less right on schedule with the original timetable. He’ll play very soon.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) December 5, 2023
Supporters on X are relieved that Nkunku is still on course to make his comeback soon:
I don't mind waiting. So long as he's back fit and firing 🔥. The midfield is my worry
— EXCELLENCE (@ExcelasUnique) December 5, 2023
I’d much prefer this approach.
— Aaron Smith (@CFCIllustrated) December 5, 2023
I'll patiently wait
— ⚡ (@MalackMmoja) December 5, 2023
— LeReece James (@CFCteck) December 5, 2023
There's really no need to rush. It's better he return in 110% condition then be rushed in and get injured again.
Thank God Mudryk got that assists yesterday and we have Sterling and Cole Palmer in form.
We'll do jut fine in the interim
— Retweeter (@retweeterkings) December 5, 2023
I can't wait for the goat 😄
Who's he kicking out of the starting 11 tho?
— They Call Me Stevenson (@Iamhiim01) December 5, 2023
Patience will be needed with Nkunku
It should be pointed out that the France international had surgery to repair the knee injury he sustained in pre-season so making sure that he doesn’t suffer any issues after being out for 4 and a half months is key.
Bringing Nkunku back too early could lead to him being out for even longer so fans will have to be patient. Considering his talent, though, it is understandable why some want him playing as soon as possible.
Will he return for Chelsea’s game against Everton?
When asked about Nkunku’s fitness in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Pochettino said that he was hopeful of having the forward back “soon”.
Whether that means he could be in the matchday squad for the Everton game this weekend, we shall have to wait and see.