Chelsea left sweating on injury setback for RB Leipzig striker Nkunku

Chelsea may be forced to rethink January transfer plans for RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku.

Nkunku is out of France’s World Cup squad with a knee strain.

France have confirmed the issue is just a sprain after publishing the following statement on the 25-year-old: “Injured in training, Christopher Nkunku must give up participating in the World Cup. The whole group shares Christopher’s sadness and wishes him a speedy recovery.

“Nkunku had left the training session before its end, injured in the left knee. The radiological examinations taken in the evening unfortunately revealed that it was a sprain…”

Chelsea are believed to be on the cusp of clinching the signing of Nkunku after he signed a new two-year contract with Leipzig earlier this summer, says the Daily Express.

The deal is believed to contain a £52.4million release clause that kicks into action at the end of the current season.