Chelsea have received a boost after learning that new goalkeeper signing Edouard Mendy should not face too long on the injury sidelines.
The 28-year-old, who recently completed a £22m transfer from Rennes, picked up the injury while training with Senegal.
According to reports, Mendy felt pain in his right thigh and immediately pulled out of the session.
In a statement, the Senegalese FA confirmed his absence from their next internationals.
“Edouard Mendy has also left the group to return to his club 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 moved to Rabat in the early evening.”
Mendy is now thought to have returned to Chelsea’s Cobham training base for that assessment. Initial fears stated he could be sidelined for around six to eight weeks.
As per The Athletic, the injury could actually be a hamstring strain. However, the early diagnosis suggests the injury is only ‘minor’. It’s claimed that Mendy is also ‘optimistic’ he will only miss a maximum of two weeks.
In a message to the club’s fans on Instagram, he wrote: ‘Little hitch, I’m going to do everything I can to come back faster and stronger. Thank you all for your messages.’
The keeper kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut for Chelsea as Crystal Palace were beaten 4-0 last weekend. He appears to have ousted both Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero as Frank Lampard’s first-choice keeper.
Chelsea face Southampton in their next game on October 17. They also open their Champions League campaign against Sevilla on October 20.
Kepa challenged by Lampard
Lampard did challenge Arrizabalaga to fight for his place after the arrival of Mendy.
Lampard said: “Football is always in your hands, in the current moment and going forward.
“So competition is important of course. We have brought Mendy in to bring that competition. We know it’s an area that Kepa himself wants to improve in his own performance.
“So it’s in everybody’s hands in the squad to push, to train, to have the right attitude, to try to compete to get in the team.
“So that remains the same, so I’m not making any final statements at all at the minute, football’s not like that.”