Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy could feature against Sevilla on Tuesday night after recovering from a thigh injury that he suffered while on international duty with Senegal.
Mendy missed Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Southampton at the weekend and was originally expected to face another 1-2 weeks out, but according to Telegraph Sport he could return to the side much sooner.
It has been revealed that Mendy trained at Cobham on Sunday and Monday, meaning that he could be available to play again tomorrow night.
Frank Lampard will therefore be left with a selection dilemma ahead of this week’s Champions League clash as to whether he can risk throwing Mendy straight back into the team or whether he can trust either Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero in the net.
Lampard was reportedly very keen on bringing in a new goalkeeper this summer after a poor season from £71m Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has since failed to prove his manager wrong with his recent performances following Mendy’s arrival in West London.
Mendy’s league debut against Crystal Palace before the international break justified Lampard’s eagerness to acquire a new shot-stopper, as the Blues kept a clean sheet and recorded the lowest value for expected goals conceded (0.15 xG) out of any Premier League side this season.
The contrast between that performance and Kepa’s against Southampton this weekend will make it a very tough decision for Lampard, who will be well aware that if he aggravates Mendy’s thigh and causes him to be sidelined for a long period time then it would be a huge detriment to Chelsea’s season.