The knee injury in a friendly against Borussia Dortmund affected the former Leipzig striker. Mauricio Pochettino acknowledged that Chelsea might need to look for attacking reinforcements due to Christopher Nkunku injury.
Nkunku, the French international who joined from RB Leipzig in the summer, performed exceptionally well during the team’s pre-season tour in the United States, scoring three goals in five games.
However, he suffered a meniscus injury to his knee in the match against Borussia Dortmund in Chicago. It is unlikely that he will be able to play again before December. The 25-year-old underwent surgery recently and has started his rehabilitation.
The club anticipates a recovery period of 16 weeks, which has increased the urgency to acquire additional attacking options.
Last season, Chelsea had their lowest goal tally in nearly a century, scoring only 38 Premier League goals. There was hope that Nkunku, along with fellow newcomer Nicolas Jackson, would provide a solution.
There is currently no update on the future of Romelu Lukaku, the out-of-favor striker. Despite expressing his desire to return to Italy, where he spent last season on loan at Inter, Lukaku was seen at Cobham wearing a Chelsea tracksuit this week.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure and Armando Broja recovering from an injury, Jackson is the only recognized striker available for Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday.