Chelsea have been handed an injury blow with the news that summer signing Edouard Mendy has suffered a thigh problem whilst on international duty with Senegal.
Mendy has sustained the problem during training and will now miss Senegal’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Morocco and Mauritania in the coming days, with a statement confirming the goalkeeper having been sent back to Chelsea for further examinations.
“The Senegalese Football Federation announces the package of the goalkeeper of the National Selection Edouard Mendy following an injury to the right thigh that occurred during the training session on Wednesday October 07, 2020 and after a medical examination at the hospital in Rabat,” a statement reads.
“Edouard Mendy has also left the group this afternoon to return to his Club (Chelsea) where he will undergo further examinations.
“The Senegalese Football Federation wishes him a speedy recovery.
“He will be replaced by the young goalkeeper of the U20 national team, Boubacar Fall, who was regrouping in Toubab Dialao and who joined Rabat in the early evening.”
The news will come as a major blow to Frank Lampard with Mendy having replaced the under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper before the international break, the 28-year-old keeping a clean sheet on his Premier League debut in the 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace last weekend.
Mendy’s absence could see Kepa return to the side for the clash against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on October 17, the Spaniard having spoken of his determination to win back his place this week after falling behind the summer signing in the pecking order.