'Ready to play: Zsolt Low confirms Chelsea player is available for tomorrow after full training session

Chelsea’s first-team assistant Zsolt Low has confirmed that Edouard Mendy is available for selection tomorrow against Palmeiras.

The Blues will play Brazilian opposition Palmeiras in Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final.

For Chelsea, they’re bidding to win the trophy for the first time in their entire history. They qualified for the weekend’s final after a 1-0 win over Al Hilal on Wednesday, with Romelu Lukaku scoring the only goal of the contest.

A huge question going into the cup final is over whether Mendy or Kepa Arrizabalaga will start in goal, though.

Low couldn’t be tempted into revealing which goalkeeper will start, but confirms that Mendy is ready to play after a full training session with the group.

“Now Edou is back, he is fresh. Now he is fully involved in yesterday’s training and training later today. We are very happy he is healthy. He is in good shape with good experience behind him, and he is absolutely ready to play the game [if selected],” Low said.

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Kepa’s been superb playing as Chelsea’s stand-in goalkeeper during the last few games, so it would be harsh dropping him tomorrow.

However, Mendy’s the club number one that’s ready to play again after helping his country Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations. There are many that consider Mendy to be the best goalkeeper in the world right now, too.

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Mendy, described as “impeccable” by Rio Ferdinand this month, has been in the conversation as one of the world’s best goalkeepers for a solid year now.

The 29-year-old’s a colossus in net that gives so much confidence to others around him.

It’s been great to see why the Blues coughed up a crazy £71million fee to sign Kepa back in 2018, though.

The 27-year-old’s receiving praise for his displays, and it’s his huge character to fight back from so much criticsm that stands out most.

Hopefully, tomorrow’s selection decision doesn’t break up what looks like a great harmony between the goalkeepers.

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