Chelsea’s Nkunku Conundrum Adds to Pochettino’s Cup Woes

Only a week remaining until the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Middlesbrough. As a result Chelsea fans are growing increasingly anxious about the fitness of Christopher Nkunku.

The Blues, trailing 1-0 after a defeat are counting on players like Nkunku to turn the tide at Stamford Bridge.

For Mauricio Pochettino, this cup tie not only represents a shot at silverware but also an opportunity to prove himself.

The unexpected loss to Middlesbrough intensified scrutiny, with discontent brewing online. Despite a recent 1-0 victory over Fulham, Pochettino faces mounting pressure.

Compounding his challenges, key players such as Romeo Lavia and Reece James remain unavailable. Nkunku’s situation is particularly concerning.

Short but a key impact by Nkunku on Chelsea

Nkunku missed the start of the season due to a serious knee problem. However, now he is facing a potential setback with a hip injury sustained in training.

Pochettino expressed his worries, stating. “I do worry about the situation of Nkunku”. The Argentine manager emphasized the importance of Nkunku’s return, especially after a run of form over the Christmas period.

However, Nkunku has not been seen in recent training content, raising concerns about his availability for the crucial cup clash.

The injury dilemma puts additional strain on Pochettino, who is navigating a demanding schedule and striving to secure a spot in the Carabao Cup final.

The pressure on the manager has intensified after defeats to Everton and Manchester United, with the loss to Middlesbrough sparking the most significant negative reaction so far.

Despite the setbacks, Pochettino remains resolute and is yet to make any moves in the January transfer market.

While Nkunku’s absence may influence attacking options, Pochettino asserted that it won’t force the club into making hasty decisions during the transfer window.

As Chelsea faces a critical period in their season, with the Carabao Cup providing a potential avenue for success, the fitness of key players like Nkunku becomes paramount.

Pochettino and Chelsea fans alike will be hoping for positive updates and a swift return for the influential attacker ahead of the crucial semi-final second leg.

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