Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has revealed that first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is dealing with “a race against pain and time” to be match for his group’s enormous Premier League assembly with Man City on Saturday.
Mendy won’t play towards Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge within the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening, after already lacking the Blues’ victory away in Tottenham on Sunday – a match wherein Kepa Arrizabalaga deputized and saved a clear sheet when the visitors claimed a 3-0 victory.
The 29-year-old had some discomfort in his hip earlier than Chelsea’s assembly in a bunch recreation within the Champions League with Zenit St Petersburg final week. It then received worse in a problem with striker Artem Dzyuba within the dying warmth of the identical match.
Speaking forward of the cup match in the course of the week with Villa, Tuchel mentioned: “Mendy cannot play tomorrow [Wednesday].
“He has not been in coaching to date so we’ll strive to do all the things for Saturday, to reintegrate him tomorrow for particular person coaching and hopefully Thursday’s group coaching, however not but.
“I think Saturday is possible, but it’s a race against pain and a race against time. So let’s see. I hope he comes back in team training on Thursday and if it goes well he can be ready for Saturday, but it I do not know right now. “
As the video games are already going thick and quick at this early stage of the season, Tuchel additionally confirmed that there will likely be some rotation. After Saturday’s lunch begin towards City, Chelsea journey to Turin to fulfill Italian giants Juventus.
“It’s about the amount of games and the load we had for the players. It was some intense games,” Tuchel continued.
“I will not announce the line-up now but there will be some changes as we take the opportunity to give important minutes in an important competition to guys who are missing the minutes at the moment.”
The victory in Spurs implies that Chelsea is prime within the Premier League along with Liverpool, with the 2 sides’ file to date an identical.