RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku could be out of action for the next eight weeks, according to reports from L’Equipe (via GFFN).
The 25-year-old suffered a nasty knee sprain in training with the France squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga put in a heavy tackle on Nkunku, forcing him to limp off the training ground. Nkunku commiserated with Camavinga, who was subsequently a victim of racist abuse.
“A thought to my teammate Eduardo Camavinga, who has been unfairly targeted. The World Cup should be a moment of harmony, not of decision,” he wrote on his social media.
Nkunku will now focus on recovering ahead of a return to action in early 2023. The Chelsea target could complete his move to London around that period.
The Blues have been chasing the versatile star for months now. They are closing in on a deal higher than his release clause to sign him early.
Leipzig and Marco Rose will miss Nkunku, who has become the team’s talisman. He has netted 17 goals and four assists in 23 appearances this season.
Nkunku scored 35 goals and assisted 20 in 52 games for Leipzig last term. Chelsea could use his decisiveness and end product in the final third.
Didier Deschamps called up Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani to replace Nkunku. The former Nantes man has bagged eight goals and 11 assists in 23 games this season.
France head into the tournament to defend the title and will be hoping to avoid the winner’s curse. Several teams have recorded poor defences of the World Cup in recent tournaments, and Les Bleus will hope they can buck the trend.
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