Thomas Tuchel has provided an update on Edouard Mendy after the goalkeeper was forced off at half-time in Chelsea’s a 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa.
The 28-year-old stopper didn’t return for the second half at Villa Park after colliding with the post while attempting to deny Bertrand Traore’s opener for the hosts.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, who endured a mixed form since arrived at Stamford Bridge, replaced Mendy at half-time, leading to speculation that the Spaniard could start next weekend’s Champions League final against Man City.
However, Thomas Tuchel confirmed after the match that Mendy has sustained a rib injury and that Chelsea will do everything possible to ensure he is fit for the final in Porto.
‘It is easy to explain, he fell into the frame of the net,’ Tuchel said in his post-match press conference.
‘He feels a big pain in his ribs. We will have an update tomorrow with what is going on.
‘We will see if it is possible [that Mendy will be fit for the Champions League] and if it is possible, we will push to do everything so he is in goal on Saturday.’
Mendy, who has proved a steadying influence for Chelsea since his arrival from Rennes in September, and many of the improvements under Tuchel, will undergo scans on later today to find out the extent of the damage and work out his chances of being fit for Saturday’s showpiece against Manchester City in Porto.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are secured a stop in the next season’s Champions League despite losing to Aston Villa at Villa Park, thanks to a fightback on the other side of the Midlands.
The Blues are made bright start to the game but failed to converted their chance until 43th minutes when Bertrand Traore put the host ahead from clever corner routine.
With Blues research for their goal, it was Aston Villa again, who doubled their tally from spot-kick. Traore, who scoring the opened goal winning the penalty from which Anwar El Ghazi made it 2-0 in front of a jubilant Villa crowd.
Defender Ben Chilwell pulled a goal back in a nerve-wracking finish and the west London club ended the game with 10 men after a red card for captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
Tuchel’s team, meanwhile, sneaked into Champions League spots after Leicester lost 4-2 to Tottenham as they missed out again.