Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Christopher Nkunku won’t play for Chelsea against Tottenham but shared a probable return date for the forward.

Why Nkunku Won't Play Against Tottenham
Why Nkunku Won’t Play Against Tottenham

Nkunku has faced several setbacks in his debut season at Stamford Bridge due to persistent injuries.

Pochettino revealed that despite Nkunku’s return to full training, he won’t be featuring in the upcoming London derby against Tottenham.

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However, there is optimism surrounding his potential return to action with Pochettino indicating that the forward could be available for selection against West Ham on Sunday, along with Levi Colwill.

Addressing the media, Pochettino said: “They were training.

“Today, normally, we prepare the game for tomorrow.

“We did some set-pieces, tactical work, and meetings.

“They are nearly there.

“They are on the line, but they don’t cross the line.

“We hope they will cross the line for West Ham on Sunday. We hope.

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“But still, we need to wait until tomorrow, Friday and Saturday to see if they can cope with the competition.

“What it means on the website is that they are close and they are nearly capable.”

Sad Truth 

The injury concerns extend beyond Nkunku.

However, veteran defender Thiago Silva suffered a groin injury during Chelsea’s recent 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

Silva’s injury could potentially mark the end of his tenure at Chelsea, with the Brazilian set for a summer exit from the club.

“I think the good thing after 10 months here is we are part of the process and the leaders of the process to help the players,” he added.

“Today, because I think it is not only us, it is too many clubs who are in this situation.

“It is true that over the years it is more difficult to find these type of players, like Thiago.

“We are talking about a 39-year-old.

“It is not easy to find this profile of player.

“I think it is about the way we can help as a coaching staff.

“We are helping, and for sure, they are going to be better and more mature next season.”

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Axel Disasi, Reece James, Malo Gusto, Enzo Fernandez, Lesley Ugochukwu, Ben Chilwell, Romeo Lavia, Robert Sanchez, and Wesley Fofana are among Chelsea’s numerous injured players, in addition to the previously mentioned trio of Nkunku, Colwill, and Silva.

The following games against Tottenham and West Ham will be vital litmus tests for Chelsea’s resiliency as the Blues struggle with injuries and team transitions.

Pochettino’s strategic leadership and leadership will be essential to ending the season on a strong note.

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