Chelsea have suffered a major injury blow, with new signing Christopher Nkunku ruled out for four months with a knee injury.
The France international picked up the injury in training on Monday, and is now expected to miss the start of the season.
Nkunku was Chelsea’s marquee signing of the summer, joining from RB Leipzig for a club-record fee.
He was expected to play a key role in Mauricio Pochettino’s team this season, but his injury is a major blow.
Chelsea’s other attacking options include Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Jackson, and Mykhailo Mudryk, but Nkunku’s loss will be felt.
He is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions, and he is also a prolific goalscorer.
Chelsea’s hopes of challenging for the Premier League title have been dealt a major blow by Nkunku’s injury.
However, the club still has a strong squad, and they will be hoping that the other players can step up in his absence.
Chelsea stated on their website that Nkunku has suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for an extended period.
“The 25-year-old has undergone an operation and will now begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical department.”
In the meantime, Chelsea will be looking to get Nkunku back to full fitness as soon as possible.
He is a key player for the club, and they will need him back in the team if they are to challenge for silverware this season.