Edouard Mendy in race against time to be fit for Chelsea’s crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday as Thomas Tuchel reveals he will NOT play in the Aston Villa cup game
- Chelsea No. 1 Edouard Mendy injured in his side’s European win over Zenit
- The Blues goalkeeper missed his team’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday
- Thomas Tuchel revealed he will not be fit enough to play Aston Villa on Wednesday
- Mendy fights to be fit for Chelsea vs Manchester City on Saturday afternoon
Edouard Mendy will miss Chelsea’s Carabao Cup game against Aston Villa tomorrow and face a race against time to be fit for Saturday’s lunchtime clash with Manchester City.
Goalkeeper Mendy missed Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Tottenham with a hip injury sustained in their 1-0 Champions League win against FC Zenit with Kepa Arrizabalaga coming in last week.
Manager Thomas Tuchel said: ‘Mendy can’t play’ [against Villa]. He hasn’t trained yet.
Thomas Tuchel revealed Edouard Mendy will miss Chelsea’s Carabao Cup match with Aston Villa
Chelsea’s No. 1 goalkeeper injured in the closing minutes of their European win over Zenit
“We’re going to do everything we can for Saturday and reintegrate him into individual training tomorrow and hopefully into Thursday’s team training, but not yet.
“It’s a matter of the amount of pain and the burden we have for the players and there were quite a few intense matches.
‘I think it’s possible’ [he could play against City] but it’s a race against pain and a race against time, so let’s see.
“Hopefully he will be back at team training on Thursday and if this goes well he could be ready on Saturday, but I don’t know right now.”
Kepa Arrizabalaga (above) kicked off Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Tottenham this weekend
Should Tuchel not want to risk Spanish goalkeeper Kepa on Wednesday against Aston Villa, with the intention of playing him against champions City over the weekend, the German could turn to third-choice Marcus Bettinelli for the Villa clash.
The 29-year-old joined the club on a free transfer from Fulham this summer and was loaned to Middlesbrough in the Championship last season.
Tuchel revealed that Mendy was in too much pain to take on Tottenham last Sunday, but praised his number 1 for still attending the game despite his setback.
Tuchel’s side will face Villa on Wednesday night, before facing Manchester City over the weekend
“We’ve been trying all week and on Saturday in training it was so-so,” said the German.
“It comes from the last-minute kick against Zenit in the Champions League. It’s very painful and he didn’t feel 100 percent comfortable going through or landing on a full stretch. He didn’t feel comfortable fighting on set pieces or corners.
“So we decided to go 100 percent and that was to have Kepa and Edou with us to support us and have good energy.
“I’m glad Kepa played a crucial role and kept a clean sheet. This is what he deserves and I’m glad he could.”