Nkunku, Lavia big boost for the Blues, and other players spotted in Chelsea training

Nkunku trains with Chelsea squad || Credit: Imago

Nkunku, Lavia big boost for the Blues, and other players spotted in Chelsea training

Stephen Oladehinde 05:47 - 16.12.2023

As Mauricio Pochettino prepares his Chelsea team for the upcoming match against Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge, several key points have emerged from their training sessions as Pochettino looks to bounce back from a series of disappointing results.

Injury Woes and Squad Challenges

Chelsea is currently grappling with a spate of injuries that have hit key players. Marc Cucurella, Rob Sanchez, and Reece James have all been ruled out of the upcoming game, adding to an already lengthy injury list. 

Furthermore, goalkeeper Robert Sanchez aggravated a knee injury and was replaced by Djordge Petrovic. Reece James, the club captain, suffered another hamstring injury, adding to Chelsea's defensive concerns, as per Football London.

Nkunku in action during preseason Credit: Getty Image
Nkunku in action during preseason Credit: Getty Image

Potential Boosts and Debut Hopes

Despite the injury concerns, Chelsea fans have reasons to be optimistic. Christopher Nkunku, the club's new attacker, is expected to be in the matchday squad, potentially making a cameo from the bench. His presence in training, seen smiling and actively participating, is a promising sign for the team 

Romeo Lavia, another new addition to the squad, is in 'partial team training' but is not yet fully ready to return. His progress is being closely monitored, and his eventual inclusion could add a unique dimension to Chelsea's midfield 

Goalkeeper Djorde Petrovic is set to make his full debut, filling in for the injured Sanchez. This is a significant moment for Petrovic, who arrived with positive expectations and is now being tested at a new level 

Pochettino's Tactical Approach

Pochettino appears focused on leveraging the upcoming match as an opportunity for Chelsea to regain momentum. Despite recent struggles, the team has managed to secure victories against teams in the lower part of the table, such as Luton Town and Burnley. 

The match against Sheffield United, currently at the bottom of the table, poses a formidable challenge but also an opportunity for Chelsea to turn things around.


Chelsea's preparation for their match against Sheffield United reveals a team adapting to injury challenges and eager to reverse their recent form. 

With potential boosts from players like Nkunku and Lavia, along with the debut of Petrovic, Pochettino's side has the chance to make a significant statement in the Premier League. 

The match is not just about securing points but also about building confidence and momentum for the upcoming fixtures.