Is Christopher Nkunku fit to start for Chelsea vs Newcastle? Injury news latest and FPL update


Chelsea star Christopher Nkunku is closing in on a return to action as he steps up his recovery from injury. The France international suffered a serious knee injury in August - just days before the Premier League season got underway.

Nkunku impressed during pre-season and his injury came as a huge setback for Mauricio Pochettino's side - who struggled to get going in the opening few weeks of the 2023/24 campaign. However, Chelsea have somewhat turned a corner in recent weeks and are now unbeaten in their last three fixtures across all competitions.

Nicolas Jackson, Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling have found some good form at the right time. Pochettino has welcomed back a number of players from injury in the last few weeks and now Nkunku is targeting a return to action ahead of December.

Mauricio Pochettino had previously described the French forward as targeting the game against the Magpies for his comeback. Though Chelsea's head coach did note there was some caution over that ambition.

He said ahead of the international break: "We had some conversation and he said to me, 'Coach, I want to be ready for after international break, Newcastle'. I asked him yesterday and he said 'hmmm', and I said 'you are liar'. 'No, no I am ready'.

"It is close and he is doing really well. We are so happy with him, the way he is recovering, he is very professional.

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"Romeo Lavia is also close. They trained today on the pitch. Hope that next week will be involved with the team and see after. Day by day see when it is possible to play with the team.

Ahead of the trip to Tyneside, Pochettino provided a fresh update on Nkunku and Lavia. "Nkunku a little ahead of Lavia," the Chelsea boss told reporters.

"He was doing things with the group last week. Still not full recovery to be part of the squad."

Will Christopher Nkunku be fit to face Newcastle in gameweek 13?

The short answer at this stage is probably not. Nkunku and Romeo Lavia both still feature on Chelsea's injury list released by the club ahead of the Blues' trip to Newcastle.

The Blues duo are described as in their 'reconditioning phase' of rehabilitation. Therefore, it's unlikely that either player is involved in Mauricio Pochettino's matchday squad to face the Magpies this afternoon.

However, things are looking promising for Nkunku and the Frenchman could return to action in the coming weeks.

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