Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Christopher Nkunku’s early departure from our 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund was due to knee discomfort. The attacker, who managed slightly over 20 minutes on the Soldier Field turf, sustained the injury shortly after kick-off. In his place, Mykhailo Mudryk stepped in and delivered a commendable performance. Concern gripped fans as Nkunku clutched his leg, but Pochettino post-match clarified the situation and its severity.
Pochettino commented, “Our medical team is currently evaluating him, and we’re optimistic that it’s not a major issue. He experienced discomfort in his knee following a particular play, which could have been a penalty incident. We’re hopeful that it’s not a significant setback, and we’re aiming for a swift recovery. It’ll take a few days for a comprehensive assessment.”
While the playing surface could have contributed to the injury, Pochettino refrained from attributing blame to the conditions. Instead, he willingly accepted any potential risk associated with his decisions.
“We acknowledged some risks due to the less-than-ideal pitch conditions, as the venue is typically utilized for a different sport. Nonetheless, we won’t hold the pitch responsible for the injury. In my view, it was simply an unfortunate turn of events.”