Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy reportedly returned to training at the French club on Tuesday despite ongoing speculation linking him to Chelsea.

The 28-year-old was absent in Rennes’ 4-2 win over Nimes on Sunday, September 14.

According to a recent report from French outlet L’Equipe, however, Mendy was back in Rennes training centre La Piverdiere on Tuesday, September 15.

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The report also claimed that Mendy was not in the squad in their previous Ligue 1 fixture due to a small physical problem.

The Senegal international could feature in Rennes’ home fixture against Monaco on Saturday, September 19, since there was no agreement yet between them and Chelsea, at least until Tuesday when the report was published.

The Ligue 1 side may want to delay Mendy’s departure even if they agree a deal with Chelsea, though.

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Romain Salin, who replaced Mendy as their No.1 last weekend, has reportedly suffered an injury.

L’equipe said the nature of the injury is unknown and might not be serious but it could affect Rennes’ decision since they have yet to sign any potential replacement goalkeeper.

This would upset some Chelsea fans who were unhappy with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s performance in Brighton, despite their 3-1 win.

Gary Neville even said the Spain international’s mistake in that game was unacceptable and might cost Chelsea’s any chance of title race.

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