Report: Graham Potter may have £22m Chelsea player fit to play by the start of next month

Chelsea have reportedly been given some news regarding the fitness of Edouard Mendy.

Mendy, 30, has struggled recently with a knee problem, but there’s hope he’ll be available to play by the start of next month.

According to The Athletic, the 30-year-old goalkeeper “has a chance” of being fit for the Blues when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on 1 October.

The report explains the shot-stopper has withdrawn from international duty with Senegal after initially turning up, so he’ll now be working on his recovery from the knee injury.

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Edouard Mendy fitness

One benefit of this current international break is that it gives Chelsea’s injured players to recover. For instance, N’Golo Kante is reportedly back training with coaches as he works his way back from injury.

Mendy wasn’t involved in the final game before the international break because of his knee problem, with teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga starting in-between the sticks.

The £22million goalkeeper must have been gutted not to play against Red Bull Salzburg last week, especially because it was Graham Potter’s first game in charge as the new head coach.

It’s certainly not an ideal time to get injured when there’s a change of management.

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No.1 battle

Mendy was the clear first-choice gloveman under Thomas Tuchel, but the decision will now lie with Potter on who’s the club’s best goalkeeper.

Him and Kepa have both had question marks against their names at Chelsea, especially the latter.

There are plenty who are uncertain when it comes to Mendy’s distribution from the back, which may be a concern when you think of how Potter usually likes his teams to play. He’s shown a lot more consistency as an out-and-out goalkeeper than Kepa in West London, though.

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