Chelsea’s Mendy sends message to Senegal team-mates ahead of Congo & Eswatini trials

The Blues keeper has been wishing Lions Teranga well in their qualifying matches against the Red Devils and the King’s Shield

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has reached out to the Senegalese national team, wishing them every success as they take on Congo and Eswatini in the African Nations Cup games in March.

The 29-year-old was missing for the Stamford Bridge giants in their 2-0 FA Cup semi-final victory over Sheffield United on Sunday, with Kepa Arrizabalaga holding on between the posts instead as Oliver Norwood’s own goal put it. and Hakim Ziyech strike the Blues into the semi-finals.

In a post on social media, the former Rennes star confirmed he would not be available for the dead rubber matches, after undergoing dental surgery on Monday.

“Unfortunately I am unable to attend the next meeting with my country,” Mendy wrote on Instagram.

“I had to do dental work this morning [Monday] that could not wait, so that this does not disturb the end of the season, which has important dates, both with my club and with my country.

“My heart goes out to my brothers for these last two qualifying matches. “

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel had said the Senegal international would miss the international break because he would have to go to the dentist for dental work.

“Mendy will stay because he has surgery on his tooth,” the German supporter told the media after his team simulated Paul Heckingbottom’s Bills.

“He needs to see the dentist because it has to be done. That’s why we do it now [so he can be back after the international break]. “

While Aliou Cisse’s men are through to Afcon 2022 scheduled for detention in Cameroon, they are looking to secure their place at the top of Group I by defeating the Red Devils and Shield the King.

Mendy was sacked away from Ligue 1 in a £ 22m ($ 31m) deal as England’s six-time reign were trying to find more stability between the bats as costly errors had surfaced into the Arrizabalaga game.

Thankfully, he settled quickly in English football and kept clean sheets through his six opening games for Chelsea.

Tuchel would expect the Senegalese to be back in full swing when his team take on West Bromwich Albion on April 3rd.