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Chelsea staff and Nkunku at odds over return date

Chelsea are insisting on Christopher Nunku's return to action run to schedule.

Nkunku is in the final stretch of recovery from a knee injury suffered on preseason tour in the US.

There has been talk from the player's camp that the striker could be fit for the weekend clash with Newcastle.

The Mirror says Nkunku wants to prove his fitness ahead of next weekend but Chelsea's medical staff plan to phase him back in gradually.

It could see his competitive debut in one of Chelsea's early December fixtures, with Brighton, Manchester United and Everton on the agenda within the space of a week.

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