25-year-old Chelsea are reportedly close to signing ruled out of the World Cup through injury

Fabrizio Romano has reported that RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku has been ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

The news comes just a week before France are set to get their competition underway against Australia.

A video has emerged of Nkunku going into a tackle in training, and him certainly coming off second best.

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While French fans will have been hoping it was just a knock, Romano confirmed their worst fears last night.

He said: “Breaking: Christopher Nkunku will miss the World Cup due to injury in today’s training session.”

The tournament looked set to be the perfect opportunity for him to show what he can do on the biggest stage ahead of his potential move to Stamford Bridge.

Nkunku out of World Cup

The Blues have been chasing his signature ever since Todd Boehly joined the club, however he signed a new contract with the Bundesliga club that fended off any interest for the summer at least.

However, reports have come out that Chelsea held a secret medical with the Frenchman towards the end of the transfer window, ahead of a potential move in the future.

Now, reports have even claimed the deal could be confirmed as early as January.

As for the French national team, it could be a case of turning to former Blue Olivier Giroud again to solve their striking woes.

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The AC Milan man is just a few goals shy of the national team’s record, and bringing that tally up during this tournament would be a sensational moment.

With Chelsea’s N’golo Kante just one of the names missing for France, their squad is looking extremely depleted as they look to defend the trophy they won four years ago.

As for Nkunku, Leipzig will be hoping he is back fit in time to take on Manchester City in the Champions League, if he is still with them at that time.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released