Edouard Mendy suffered a hip injury in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg as they got their Champions League defence off to the perfect start at Stamford Bridge.
Although the goalkeeper, who has proved to be a revelation since signing for the club from Rennes in the summer of 2020, saw out the fixture, he was conspicuously absent from the Blues’ fixture with Tottenham. Instead, record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga was present between the sticks as they coasted to a 3-0 victory over their London rivals.
With an altogether tougher fixture ahead as Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge this Saturday however, as well as the reputation that Kepa has gained during his time in London as something of an unreliable shot-stopper, Chelsea fans will be holding their breath as to whether Mendy will be fit enough to return for the game against the Premier League champions.
Thomas Tuchel issues worrying update on his no.1
Ahead of the Carabao Cup fixture against Aston Villa, Thomas Tuchel was quizzed on the status of his no.1, and offered a mixed report. The German boss ruled Mendy out of the Cup tie on Wednesday, revealing that:
“Mendy cannot play and he is not training so far. We will do what we can for Saturday (to face Man City).”
He later went into more detail about the recovery timeline of his shot-stopper, outlining that:
“We hope to have him in individual training on Wednesday then group training on Thursday.”
On the face of it, therefore, it appears that Chelsea could see Mendy back in action come Saturday lunchtime, however when asked to confirm if that could be the case, Tuchel seemed to suggest that he was not confident of the situation, saying:
“Actually I think it is possible but it is a race against time and against pain”
Certainly not a ringing endorsement of Mendy’s fitness that Chelsea fans were craving.