Hammer blow for Lampard as Mendy returns early from Senegal duty

Date published: Friday 9th October 2020 11:38

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New boy Edouard Mendy has returned to Chelsea after picking up an injury whist training with Senegal.

The 28-year-old, who recently completed a £22m transfer from Rennes, is set to undergo more scans at Cobham after sustaining a thigh injury.

Mendy made his debut in penalty shoot-out defeat to Tottenham and then took the gloves from Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The Senegalese Football Federation confirmed the news via an official statement: “The Senegalese Football Federation announces the goalkeeper of the National Selection Edouard Mendy sustained an injury to the right thigh that occurred during the training session on Wednesday, October 07, 2020 and has undergone a medical examination at the hospital in Rabat.

“Edouard Mendy has also left the group this afternoon 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.”

The news will come as a blow to Frank Lampard after Mendy’s dominant showing against Palace. The Senegal star will be a doubt for a clash with Southampton on October 17.

It he misses out it will likely mean a recall for Arrizabalaga, whose form has been under the microscope.

Kepa challenge

Emerson, Kepa Arrizabalaga

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.”

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