Christopher Nkunku, a summer signing for Chelsea, has suffered a knee injury that requires surgery only days before the start of the new season, dealing a serious setback to the team.
Nkunku hurt his meniscus in his knee, and it’s anticipated that he won’t be able to play for about two months.
Nkunku was one of Chelsea’s best players on their tour of America, scoring three goals. He joined this window from RB Leipzig in a move that was agreed upon last year.
But he suffered an injury early in their final match against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday morning and had to leave the pitch halfway through the first half.
Although there was initial optimism that the damage was not too severe after Nkunku was spotted with an ice pack on his left knee, it has since turned out to be more severe than first thought.
The Soldier Field pitch was in poor shape after an Ed Sheeran performance on the previous Saturday that included a standing area for a portion of the audience on the pitch.
Although Chelsea’s players showed signs of anxiety as they stepped out upon it, head coach Mauricio Pochettino refused to blame the surface, insisting that an early challenge on Nkunku had caused the injury.
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