Frank Lampard confirmed Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will miss Saturday’s Premier League conflict in opposition to Southampton after a struggling a thigh harm, however the Blues boss wouldn’t reveal if Kepa Arrizabalaga is in line for a recall. Mendy has changed error-prone Kepa as Chelsea’s first selection keeper following his 22 million pound (USD 28 million) transfer from Rennes in September. The 28-year-old saved his first Chelsea clean-sheet of their win in opposition to Crystal Palace earlier than the worldwide break. However Mendy is now dealing with a brief spell on the sidelines following his harm throughout a Senegal coaching session final week. That leaves Lampard to decide on Kepa or Willy Caballero to interchange Mendy this weekend.
Kepa, the world’s most costly keeper, was dropped twice by Lampard final season and has not performed for Chelsea since his newest pricey mistake within the defeat in opposition to Liverpool in September.
He did maintain a clean-sheet for Spain in opposition to Portugal lately, however Lampard will make him wait earlier than studying if he’s again in favour.
“Mendy will not be match for the match tomorrow. We hope the harm is not too lengthy,” Lampard informed reporters on Friday.
“I’ll make that call myself concerning the goalkeepers tomorrow.”
Lampard can even be with out Brazil defender Thiago Silva after his draining worldwide obligation.
“Thiago Silva after his journey isn’t unfit however he is not able to play due to the travelling and the sport,” Lampard mentioned.
There was some optimistic health information for Lampard, who mentioned Hakim Ziyech is more likely to come off the bench to make his Chelsea debut in opposition to Southampton.
Ziyech was signed from Ajax in February however did not formally arrive till the close-season earlier than sustaining a knee harm in a pre-season pleasant in opposition to Brighton.
The 27-year-old performed for Morocco in opposition to Senegal final week and Lampard is eager to see the gifted playmaker in motion finally.
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“Hakim Ziyech is within the squad. He isn’t match to begin, however match to take part. He’ll get some minutes we hope,” Lampard mentioned.
“We purchased Hakim right here, it seems like a very long time in the past now. He hasn’t performed for the reason that Dutch league completed throughout lockdown.
“He is been unbelievable by way of his professionalism to get match. He is labored so onerous.
“It is simply sport minutes we want now. In fact I’m excited to get him in and round it, to get what we purchased him to the membership for, which is to create possibilities, to be a gifted participant that we noticed at Ajax. I stay up for seeing him play.”
Lampard additionally admitted he had reminded Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell of their responsiblities after the pair missed England’s pleasant in opposition to Wales final week following a breach of coronavirus protocols.
Chilwell attended a celebration for Blues striker Abraham which had greater than six individuals current.
“Now we have lived on this bubble for fairly a very long time now. Now we have to verify we keep on level with it on the coaching floor. The gamers even have a accountability, as do the general public, to comply with the foundations we’re being informed,” Lampard mentioned.
“There’s not huge readability however that’s not an excuse for the lads. They make errors and I remind them of their obligations.
“From the dialog I had with them, it was an harmless mistake however they perceive their mistake and we transfer on. I do not count on it should occur once more.”
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