Edouard Mendy could be out for the next ‘two weeks’ according to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
The new goalkeeper picked up a thigh injury while training with Senegal, and was unable to take part in the 3-3 Premier League draw with Southampton.
It was expected that the 28-year-old could be in contention for the Champions League game against Sevilla on Tuesday night.
However, Lampard stated after the draw with the Saints this afternoon that it could be a bit longer for the goalkeeper to return.
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“I was talking about Kepa before and he makes a couple of really good saves in the match,” Lampard said.
“But of course peoples’ eyes will be drawn to the second goal and I understand that because it wasn’t just Kepa who was involved in that goal. That is the unfortunate world of a goalkeeper.
“Mendy is at the minute injured and probably will be fit in the next week or two weeks and then that will be the decision for me to make about who plays.”
It comes in the wake of another high profile mistake by Kepa Arrizabalaga for Southampton’s second goal of the game.
Kurt Zouma gave the Spaniard a very short back pass, but Kepa missed his clearance before being unable to get the ball away and then Che Adams tapped in.
And Lampard has called on Kepa to show his mental strength to bounce back from another mistake.
“We know that all eyes are on him, how competitive it is [in the squad],” Lampard added.
“As a goalkeeper, you know all eyes are on you. Kepa has to deal with that and also feel the support of me and the team-mates. It is unfortunate because he did make a couple of good saves today.
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