22-year-old Chelsea star surprised Pochettino it training after ‘outrageous’ goal ahead of Newcastle clash

Mauricio Pochettino will be determined to build upon Chelsea’s dramatic eight-goal thriller against Manchester City with a win over Newcastle United. The Magpies will welcome the Blues to St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon as either side hopes to return to winning ways after the international break.

Chelsea head into the clash following a chaotic draw with the Premier League champions. The west Londoners almost walked away from Stamford Bridge empty handed but Cole Palmer beat Ederson from 12-yards in stoppage time.

Pochettino’s side have lost just one of their previous five games in the English top-flight so they’ll be keen to continue their rich vein of form. Ahead of what is expected to be a difficult tie against Eddie Howe’s side, plenty of players are already being put through their paces at Cobham.

So, with that being said, football.london have taken a look at five things which stood out in the Blues’ first session back after the international break.

Nkunku returns
Christopher Nkunku, who joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig in the summer for around £52million, is still yet to make his competitive debut for the club after picking up an injury in the summer. The 26-year-old forward was dealt a blow to his knee during a pre-season clash against Borussia Dortmund in the United States and has been out of action ever since.

After months of rehabilitation, Nkunku has finally returned to first-team training. While a Premier League debut against Newcastle seems unlikely, Blues fans have been delighted to see him back on the grass.

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