Christopher Nkunku

He revealed Nkunku's eagerness to feature after the international break, saying, "Nkunku told me: 'Coach, I want to be ready after the international break against Newcastle'. It's close. He's doing really, really well. We are so happy with Christopher in his recovery, very professional."

Pochettino also shed light on Lavia's progress, stating, "Romeo Lavia, close to returning as he was training today. Hopefully, next week he will be involved with the team, then assess when he can help the team."

Romeo Lavia

Nkunku and Lavia are both expected to make their debuts 

While Nkunku, who arrived from RB Leipzig for £52 million, has been sidelined with a knee injury, Lavia, acquired from Southampton for £58 million, has been recovering from an ankle injury.

Both players, eagerly anticipated by Chelsea supporters, could potentially make their debut appearances for the club when they face Newcastle on November 25. However, they won't be available for the upcoming clash against Manchester City on Sunday.

Expressing his admiration for Chelsea's upcoming opponents, Pochettino acknowledged the formidable nature of Manchester City, stating, "For me, it is the best team, the best coaching staff, the best manager; it is the best or one of the best organizations in the world." 

Despite recognizing the challenge, Pochettino emphasized the team's intent to compete and secure the crucial three points in the upcoming match.

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