Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy ‘facing two-week lay off’ after suffering thigh injury on international duty with under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero set to be thrown back in for Southampton clash
- Edouard Mendy had to return to Chelsea this week after suffering a thigh injury
- The £22m goalkeeper is optimistic that the problem is not too serious however
- He is hoping to be back for Chelsea’s Champions League opener against Sevilla
- Frank Lampard faces having to turn to Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero
Frank Lampard has been handed a huge injury boost, with Edouard Mendy’s thigh problem less serious than first feared.
The £22m goalkeeper is optimistic that he will be out for no more than two weeks after suffering the injury on international duty, according to The Athletic.
Though it is just a minor injury, it throws up the likelihood of Lampard having to turn to the under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga or 39-year-old Willy Caballero for the visit of Southampton in a week.
Edouard Mendy’s thigh injury is thought to be less serious than it was initially feared
But the £22m goalkeeper looks set to miss Chelsea’s clash against Southampton next week
The 28-year-old suffered the injury while training with the Senegal national team ahead of their friendly against Morocco.
He has returned to Chelsea where he will be further examined by the club’s medical staff.
The injury blow comes after Mendy made a promising start to his Chelsea career, keeping their first clean shirt of the season in victory over Crystal Palace on his debut.
The former Rennes No 1 looks set to miss the clash with Southampton on October 17 but is hoping that he will be fit for the Champions League opener against Sevilla three days later.
The under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga could be thrown back in at Stamford Bridge next weekend
Kepa, who was dropped for last month’s 3-3 draw against West Brom after a series of high-profile errors, kept a clean sheet in Spain’s goalless draw with Portugal this week.
And he has backed himself to reclaim the No 1 shirt at Stamford Bridge, saying earlier this week: ‘I feel fine, strong, with confidence.
‘The situation is not ideal, I wasn’t expecting it, but we are footballers and have to live through situations like this. I am confident I can turn the situation around.’
Veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero replaced Kepa after he was dropped last month
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