Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy injured on Senegal duty as Kepa set for recall

Chelsea’s No.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga is set for a recall to the starting XI after Edouard Mendy picked up an injury on international duty.

The Spaniard, who cost the Blues £71.6m to sign from Athletic Bilbao, has not played since letting two goals in against Liverpool last month.

While he has taken a step back at Stamford Bridge, the 26-year-old got his confidence back after holding Portugal to a 0-0 draw on international duty.

And the Spaniard’s week has got better as he is now set for a return to the starting XI.

Mendy, who was signed from Rennes this summer as a Kepa alternative, picked up a thigh injury in training with Senegal on Wednesday.

It will see the 28-year-old miss his country’s games against Morocco and Mauritania in the international break.

The shot-stopper impressed in his performances against Tottenham and Crystal Palace – but now the Blues are left to choose between Kepa and Willy Caballero.

Chelsea’s No.1 only kept 10 clean sheets in all competitions last season, conceding three in two games this year.

But his new-found confidence on the international stage saw the goalkeeper take a dig at Frank Lampard.

“I’ve felt confidence, at ease [with the national side],” Arrizabalaga said after the game.

“I think it was a good game and I'm happy with the confidence of the coach.

“When I'm needed to help on the pitch, I try to do the best possible.

“It was a game of great intensity. [We had] more control in the first half.

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“In the second, we found it more difficult to control Portugal's transitions. It was a good test. We have to be happy. We stood up today.

“We have to improve because we conceded a few clear chances, which you can pay for in a tournament."

It comes as Chelsea signed another goalkeeper before the transfer window slammed shut as teenager Sami Tlamcani arrived from Paris FC.

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