'Will be in the squad': Graham Potter confirms £22m Chelsea player is available tomorrow vs AC Milan

Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy is available and back in the squad tomorrow against AC Milan.

Graham Potter has confirmed ahead of this week’s Champions League tie that his £22million goalkeeper is part of the squad to face the Italian champions.

Mendy, who’s missed the opening two games of Potter’s managerial reign through injury, is ready for selection against Milan.

It’ll be interesting to see if the 30-year-old shot-stopper gets a starting position, though.

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Mendy available against AC Milan

It’s been confirmed that Senegal goalkeeper Mendy is in contention to play in the European clash at home to Milan.

Potter said in his pre-match interview: “Edou (Mendy) has been training with the team the last few days, so has made good progress. He will be in the squad, which is great news for us. It’s really important to have as much competition for places as we can. It’s great to have him back.”

Mendy was the clear first-choice in-between the sticks for Thomas Tuchel, but could the change of management alter things?

Kepa Arrizabalaga, 28, has started and done well during Potter’s first two matches.

In fact, Chelsea’s new boss described the Spanish keeper as “really strong” after his display in the weekend’s 2-1 win against Crystal Palace.

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Time to make up mind

If Potter isn’t yet sure on his number one, there’s enough games ahead to give both Kepa and Mendy a fair shot.

Chelsea still have three Champions League matches to play this month, as well as a crop of Premier League games.

There’s nothing stopping him from rotating the two keepers between domestic and European matches this month, but at some stage you feel he’ll have to put his neck on the line by naming his preferred choice.

Most Blues supporters would’ve sided with Mendy a few months back when deciding between the two, but there’s definitely a mini Kepa resurgence at a time when his teammate has been uncertain.

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