Mauricio Pochettino speaks out on Chelsea transfer plans amid Christopher Nkunku injury news

Chelsea saw off Preston in the FA Cup over the weekend and return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Middlesbrough for the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.

The Blues have struggled for consistency this term but remain 4/7 favourites with bet365 to secure the win at the Riverside.

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Pochettino speaks out on Chelsea transfer plans

Ahead of facing Boro, Mauricio Pochettino stated that Christopher Nkunku remains injured, as Chelsea assess their transfer options in January.

Pochettino explained that Nkunku remains among 11 players out injured ahead of the trip up north:

“It’s not related to his old injury; it’s a different problem,” Pochettino said. “It’s a small issue in his hip, not in his knee. We are cautious with him because it is six months from his injury, and he was involved in a few games.

“He won’t be involved tomorrow; we will see for Saturday. We are not sure; we are going to be cautious.”

The Argentine then denied that Chelsea are desperate to sign a striker or any other players, but they continue to weigh up their options:

“We had a conversation with the owners and sporting directors today and yesterday,” he continued. “I am so happy because we have [Armando] Broja, we have [Cole] Palmer who can play centre-forward we have different players that can play in the striker position and Chelsea needs our second line players to help the team score goals and win games.

“I am very positive and happy with the squad. If something appears, we will announce. It is not necessary to sell to buy some players.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.