Édouard Mendy kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut, but that 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend may be the last game we see him for at least a little while.
As confirmed in an official statement by the Senegalese Football Association late last night, the new Chelsea goalkeeper has suffered an injury to his “right thigh”, and while that is certainly vague, the injury was severe enough to get him looked at in a hospital (not sure if that’s standard practice?) in Rabat, Morocco and evidently severe enough for him to have returned to Chelsea. (He’s been replaced by U20 goalkeeper Boubacar Fall in the squad.)
Mendy suffered the injury in training on Wednesday, with Senegal getting ready for a friendly against Morocco (and an also ailing Hakim Ziyech) — thus the hospital being in Rabat.
We can only guess to the true severity of the problem — could be a couple weeks if minor, couple be a couple months if not so minor, and let’s not even entertain any notions of a longer (or lingering) period out of action. Mendy’s set for more “serious exams” back at Cobham, as per the statement.
Why must we waste time, money, resources, and players with international football again?