Christopher Nkunku, a former PSG star now playing for Chelsea, has been hampered by recurring injuries, affecting his performance on the field.
Nkunku’s Injury Timeline in Chelsea
Nkunku, a much-anticipated addition to the Chelsea squad, made his first appearance for the team on December 19 in a match against Newcastle. Unfortunately, he was soon sidelined due to a recurring injury.
The injury has also forced him out of action for the semi-final return match of the League Cup against Middlesbrough, leaving the team and fans in a predicament.
Coach Pochettino’s Statement
Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea's coach, has confirmed Nkunku's unavailability for the upcoming matches. He expressed his disappointment regarding the situation, not only for the player, but also for the club.
Nature and Consequences of Nkunku’s Injury
The injury in question is a hip problem that requires further recovery time. There's no clear indication of when Nkunku will be able to return, as he is confirmed to continue his “rehabilitation program”.
The International Career of Nkunku
Furthermore, this situation raises questions about Nkunku's international career with the French national team. His participation in Euro 2024 is under scrutiny due to his lack of match fitness and persistent injury issues.
Nkunku also had to withdraw from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to a training injury, adding to his list of setbacks. Moreover, he faces stiff competition for his position in the French team, with coach Didier Deschamps expected to prioritize players who are in good form.