A portion of Chelsea supporters on social media saw no problem with the significant news regarding Edouard Mendy.

The Athletic released an article today explaining how the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations will affect Premier League clubs.

An impressive array of stars are set to jet off with their countries after the fireworks of New Year fizzle out and the Christmas decorations have come down.

AFCON adventure

Around 40 players from the English top-flight are expected to take part in the international tournament, which is being held between January 9th and February 6th.

In order to get the competition participants prepared for action, many of the nations will withdraw players from domestic duties on December 27th.


Chelsea are probably going to be affected by this ruling, as they prepare to lose Mendy and potentially Hakim Ziyech over the winter.  

Chelsea FC v Malmo FF: Group H - UEFA Champions League
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Ziyech has been ostracized from the Morocco squad and might find himself omitted completely from AFOCN.

There is no such issue for Mendy, whose importance to the Senegal setup cannot be understated.

If the goalkeeper departs on the earliest date, he could miss at least four massive league matches.

The Blues face Brighton & Hove Albion, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur between December 29th and January 22nd.

Kepa coming to the rescue

With the £22m (BBC) signing from Rennes absent, the no.1 jersey will be handed over to Kepa Arrizabalaga for a few weeks.

Chelsea Training Session
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Before Thomas Tuchel took charge, Chelsea fans would have feared the worst about this scenario.

But the German has installed new confidence in the Spaniard, who no longer looks shaky when donning the gloves.

Here’s their Twitter reaction to Kepa coming in for Mendy:

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