Chelsea's Mendy and Thiago Silva speak out after missing international duty
Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva have sent messages to their respective national teammates after missing out on this month’s international actions.
The two Chelsea star will not be able to be with their respective national team squad for different reasons.
For Mendy, he had a plan for tooth surgery that he apparently already had this morning.
Speaking out on social media, the former Rennes goalkeeper said the decision was made in order to avoid any potential problem during the rest of the season.
“I will unfortunately not be able to attend the next meeting with my country,” the goalkeeper wrote on Instagram.
“I had to perform a dental operation this morning that couldn’t wait, in order to avoid this to disrupt the end of the season, which has important deadlines, both with my club and with my country.
“My heart goes out to my brothers for these last two qualification games.”
Fortunately for Mendy, Senegal has already booked a place in 2021 AFCON after winning all of their first four games in their group qualification.
Meanwhile, in Silva’s case, there are no international fixtures to look forward to, at least in March.
CONMEBOL has decided to suspend this month’s World Cup qualification games in South America after several clubs reportedly declined to release their players amid COVID-19 restrictions.
“The decision owes to the impossibility of having all the South American players in good time,” the official statement from the governing body reads (via Goal).
Having been nursing a muscle injury in the last couple of months, Silva would not be able to play even if there were no suspension in the first place.
But knowing the veteran defender, he would have insisted on joining the national team to support his teammates as the captain if that were the case.
His heartfelt message on social media illustrates how much he values the Brazil national team.
“We were meant to be together today,” Silva wrote in an Instagram post.
“Despite the distance, we are together at heart, [Brazil] staff and players.”