Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is expected to miss the match against Southampton next weekend, according to reports.
The 28-year-old injured his thigh whilst on international duty and is currently being assessed by the Blues’ medical team, but it is thought that the Senegalese shot-stopper will miss at least one game, with the match against Sevilla being a more likely return date.
Supporters on Twitter are frustrated by Mendy’s injury setback and they are worried about what impact it may have on the game versus the Saints, especially if Kepa Arrizabalaga replaces him in goal:
— Jswaggar (@Jswaggar11) October 9, 2020
Pain. Pain. Pain
— Khai (@HazardKhai) October 9, 2020
It’s panic time again 😭😭😭 Guess who …. pic.twitter.com/VhbZF0qN8o
— Chelsea4Ever💙💙💙 🌎Pulisic,Ziyech, Werner, Kai💙 (@Chelsea4everA) October 9, 2020
Kepa in goal again pic.twitter.com/TzRrOy7ykB
— Mobi_jay (@jay_mobi) October 9, 2020
I hate international breaks
— Tolu (@tvlu_ad) October 9, 2020
So a loss to Southampton incoming
— Prathmesh🇮🇳 (@datchelseaguy25) October 9, 2020
Its a big blow but i would like to see whom lampard will play in his place
— Chelsea Talk Centre (@vendettaalex254) October 9, 2020
— ditlhakeng_BoBo (@Ditlhakeng_kokx) October 9, 2020
— Jwinx Chanki (@JwinxChanki) October 9, 2020
Thigh strains can be particularly troublesome for goalkeepers as it can restrict their movement but hopefully, intensive treatment over the next week or so will help Mendy get back to full fitness as soon as possible.
Whether manager Frank Lampard will opt to replace him with Kepa or whether he’ll ask Willy Caballero to fill in next Saturday instead, we shall have to wait and see.