Thomas Tuchel has offered an update on the fitness of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy ahead of the UEFA Champions League final next weekend.
Mendy was substituted at half-time during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday, raising doubts over whether the Senegal international will be fit for the Blue’s Champions League final meeting with Manchester City on May 29.
The 29-year-old’s absence would be a major blow to Chelsea following an impressive debut season since signing from Rennes, though Tuchel has revealed he is hopeful over Mendy’s condition and says the goalkeeper could return to training in midweek.
“Edou, maybe the update is we still have hope. He has a chance of training on Wednesday,” he told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s final.
“He has made huge improvement in the management of pain. Further update on Wednesday but we hope to have him back in training.
“Edou will play if he is fit. We will try on Wednesday, if not then we will try on Thursday, if not then we will try on Friday. If he cannot make it then we have a strong guy on the bench with Kepa. The images don’t show that the injury is too serious. Every hour and day counts.”
The German is also hoping for positive news on the fitness of influential midfielder, N’Golo Kante, the Frenchman being withdrawn during the first half of the 2-1 win over Leicester last week, seemingly as a precaution.