Chelsea stumble at the start as Nkunku is ruled out of the start of Premier League

This summer, everything had been going so brilliantly for Chelsea

Not only had Mauricio Pochettino been hired as the team’s new manager, but the fire sale that was absolutely essential for the Blues to remain in compliance with FFP also turned out to be a major success.

Only Hakim Ziyech, Romelu Lukaku, and Callum Hudson-Odoi need to be sold over the course of the coming weeks, so Poch won’t have to worry about “sweeping clean” when he takes over. Instead, everything will already be taken care of, leaving him free to focus on putting his team together.

The extent to which Todd Boehly wants to be involved in Chelsea’s future success will undoubtedly determine how successful the team will be, but it is safe to assume that the owner has learnt his lesson from previous transfer windows.

Christopher Nkunku, one of the recent additions who was only revealed on the official Chelsea website on June 20, will now need to miss a significant amount of time due to an injury sustained while on the team’s preseason tour. The official Chelsea website indicates a ‘long spell,’ but reputable writer Fabrizio Romano tweeted that the 25-year-old might be sidelined for a staggering 16 weeks.

It’s a major setback for the Blues, and they could even need to go back into the market to replace the player. Though that will be of little consolation to Nkuknu and Pochettino at this juncture, if there’s anything good to come out of the scenario, it’s probably preferable for a player to go hurt in the beginning of the season rather than the end.

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