Chelsea press conference: Nkunku starting; Reece James timeframe; Madueke fitness

The Pride of London examine the latest Chelsea press conference ahead of the Blues playing Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League. CFC boss Mauricio Pochettino spoke on Christopher Nkunku potentially starting matches, Reece James' injury return timeframe and winger Noni Madueke's current fitness.


A host of other topics, aside from player status, were covered while the media grilled the Argentine. At one point, the former Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain gaffer seemingly became a bit annoyed by a question about injured midfielder Romeo Lavia. The elite Belgian prospect is yet to make his Chelsea debut after joining in the summer in a big money move.

Pochettino said journalists were not to blame for the line of questioning, and that he and his medical team are 'pushing' for comebacks when personnel are absent. However, the 51-year-old implied that he is upset with situations like Lavia's due to pressure from entourages and athletes themselves. This is a significant disclosure from 'Poch'; one which will likely cause more discontent rather than easing issues. But I respect and appreciate the boss's candour. Ultimately the Blues manager declared that he and his staff wish for stars to be competing, especially when the club invested heavily in securing their services.

Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino's pre-Wolverhampton Wanderers presser

OK, let's see what was divulged on Nkunku because I know there are many in the Blues fan base who wish to see him in the starting lineup. Poch claimed that the Frenchman will not start yet, as it is 'too early' for that in the overall recovery. Although, the boss does want to integrate the ex-RB Leipzig man over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile Poch hopes captain James will be ready again this season. And, finally, Madueke will be seen in upcoming fixtures.