The 28-year-old joined the Blues last month after Chelsea agreed a £22million deal with Rennes. Frank Lampard had been desperate to sign a new goalkeeper having finally lost patience with the club’s record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga following his disastrous performance in a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool.
Mendy made his debut a fortnight ago in the Carabao Cup penalty shootout defeat against Tottenham but kept a clean sheet on his Premier League bow against Crystal Palace last Saturday.
Lampard, however, could be forced to recall Kepa, however, for Saturday’s game against Southampton or put his faith in the experienced Willy Caballero, should his new No.1 fail to recover in time.
Mendy suffered a hamstring strain in training with Senegal earlier this week and has returned to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground to receive treatment.
In a message to the club’s fans on Instagram, he wrote: ‘Little hitch, I’m going to do everything I can to come back faster and stronger. Thank you all for your messages.’
Despite having been banished to the bench by Lampard, Kepa has maintained his place in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad and the former Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper is adamant he will fight to resurrect his Stamford Bridge career.
‘I do not have the feeling of being a substitute. We have three goalkeepers and the level is very high. ‘He (Lampard) is the coach who chooses the eleven and we have to try to do our best and if we do not play we must try as much as possible.’