For just about a week or so, Chelsea fans breathed a sigh of relief due to the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes. However, the keeper might be out for the next few weeks, as declared by the Senegalese Football Federation.
The board announced on their official website that Mendy had suffered an injury to his right thigh during a training session on the 7th of October. He has since undergone medical checks at a hospital in Rabat and has subsequently returned to Chelsea where his condition will be evaluated further.
It is almost safe to say that Frank Lampard will not be able to have Mendy in goal when the Blues play Southampton on October 17, following the end of the international break.
The manager will most likely turn to his now second-choice keeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Spaniard has been prone to making mistakes at the back, which caused Chelsea to sign Mendy for backup in the first place.
However, speaking at a press conference during the international break, Kepa said that he is willing to fight for his place at the club.
“Perhaps it is not a dream situation, but during the soccer career sometimes you have to live moments like this. I’m confident I can turn it around and do my best when I play.”
“We all want to play. But I don’t think about anything beyond the day-to-day life and focusing on the national team’s matches.”
“In the life of a footballer there are ups and downs, but in the end what is in my hands is to work.”
Kepa is Chelsea’s most expensive player of all time and is the most expensive goalkeeper in the world. Going on his words, his attitude seems to be right.
However, it remains to be seen whether he can remain confident on the pitch where his performances have been shaky to say the very least.
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