Nkunku to return in Chelsea match against Brighton

Graham Potter

Chelsea braved a bitterly cold training session in preparation for their upcoming Premier League match against Brighton this weekend. Mauricio Pochettino will conduct only one more training session to ready his squad. That is for a challenging encounter with Roberto De Zerbi’s team.

This provides Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia with an opportunity to enhance their fitness levels. With both players aiming to make their inaugural competitive appearances for Chelsea. Nkunku, who sealed a £52 million transfer to Stamford Bridge in the summer, has been in the sidelines since August due to a knee injury.

Upon his arrival at the club, Lavia encountered an issue and faced a setback in September. However, the Belgian midfielder is now nearing a return to action. When questioned about the readiness of Nkunku and Lavia for the weekend’s match against Brighton, Pochettino provided insights.

What did the Chelsea manager say?

Pochettino said: “We need to assess tomorrow and then decide. They are close, but we need tomorrow to make a decision.”

“Maybe Lavia is the more difficult one but we need to assess Nkunku for tomorrow. We don’t believe we can recover some players. But there is one more training session and we can see tomorrow.”

The most encouraging development of the season thus far is the potential debut of Christopher Nkunku for Chelsea this weekend. The Frenchman has actively participated in training this week, signaling his recovery from a knee injury suffered back in August.

Captured in training, the Frenchman was seen moving with ease, and he will have the opportunity to demonstrate his fitness in one more session on Saturday. At this point, it remains uncertain whether Pochettino will opt to immediately reintegrate Nkunku into action against Brighton, or if a more proper approach will be taken, considering the hectic fixture schedule ahead.

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