Kepa Arrizabalaga said he can turn around his Chelsea career despite the Blues’ purchase of Edouard Mendy last month.
He may get a chance next weekend.
Mendy, 28, has returned to Chelsea after injuring his thigh in Senegal training, his national federation announced Thursday and the Premier League club confirmed Friday.
The BBC reports that the player’s agent, Djily Dieng, says Mendy will need “about 10 days” to recover. Chelsea hosts Southampton in PL play on Oct. 17 and Sevilla to kick off the Champions League group stage Oct. 20.
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The Senegalese keeper had made two starts for Chelsea, blanking Crystal Palace in Premier League play after a 1-1 draw with Spurs in the League Cup saw the Blues ousted in penalties.
Arrizabalaga was the world’s most expensive keeper when Chelsea bought him from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 but has suffered fits, starts, and comedic errors. He once refused to sub out of the League Cup Final under then-manager Maurizio Sarri.
The 26-year-old was named to Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League roster after staying with the club through the transfer deadline.
If Mendy misses any time, Frank Lampard would have to choose between going back to Arrizabalaga’s wild ride or putting faith in veteran Willy Caballero.