Chelsea’s first team news – Injured Mendy returns to Bridge, Pulisic joins Lampard in training and latest on Hakim Ziyech


While several players are on international duty, summer signing Edouard Mendy returns to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s new goalkeeper, who kept debut Premier League clean sheet in a 4-0 win against Crystal Palace, suffered a thigh injury while he was away on international duty with Senegal.

Signed from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes for £ 22 million, Mendy made his Chelsea debut against Tottenham in EFL Cup where the Blues lost 5-4 on penalties. The 28-year-old was called up by the national team for a friendly match against Morocco, but the Senegalese goalie pulled out in training.

After arriving in London in September, former Rennes man straightaway replaced Chelsea’s no.1 choice Kepa Arrizabalaga who had a terrible start to new season after horrific display in a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool.

Frank Lampard will be hoping for a quick recovery for new goalie as Chelsea will re-start their season after the international break with a home game against Southampton following six more games before the next month’s international window.

Chelsea's new goalie kept debut Premier League clean sheet against Crystal Palace
Chelsea's new goalie kept debut Premier League clean sheet against Crystal Palace

Top News 2: Pulisic joins Lampard in training

Christian Pulisic didn't feature for the Blues since FA Cup final
Christian Pulisic didn't feature for the Blues since FA Cup final

Christian Pulisic showed his true potential during the latter stages of last season and helped Chelsea qualify for the Champions League.

US International was in sublime form after lockdown but an injury in FA Cup final against Arsenal sidelined him and former Borussia Dortmund winger is yet to appear for the Blues in 2020-21 season.

After the departure of Chelsea’s talismanic man Eden Hazard, the blues needed a star that could change the dynamics of a game on his own. To Chelsea’s fortune, they found one in the form of American playmaker Pulisic.

The 22-year-old made 34 appearances for the North London Club during 2019-20, scored 11 goals and set up 10 goals during the process.

American international appeared as a cameo during Chelsea’s 4-0 win against Crystal Palace before the international break and his return will be a major boost for Frank Lampard.

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Top News 3: Hakim Ziyech returns

Hakim Ziyech made an assist in Morocco's 3-1 win against Senegal.
Hakim Ziyech made an assist in Morocco's 3-1 win against Senegal.

After missing Chelsea’s opening fixtures, Hakim Ziyech returns to the action but only with the national team.

Hakim Ziyech, who joined Lampard’s young army from Ajax in the summer, suffered a knee injury during Chelsea’s only pre-season game against Brighton Hove & Albion, forcing the Moroccan miss Blues’ opening couple of fixtures.

Former Ajax man wasn’t even on the bench in Chelsea’s last fixture as Lampard stated that winger is getting closer to full fitness but not match fit yet.

However, the 27-year-old was selected by Vahid Halilhodžić for the international duty as Morocco gearing up for friendlies. But the Moroccan winger only made it to the bench against Senegal on Friday.

Ziyech was called off from the bench 30 minutes before the final whistle and the Blues’ playmaker set up Morocco’s third goal in a 3-1 win over Senegal. Lampard will be happy to see new signing getting some game time and the winger is expected to start against Southampton next weekend.

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