Mendy returns to Chelsea after suffering injury on Senegal duty
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Kepa Arrizabalaga's time away from the spotlight may be short-lived.

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who supplanted the out-of-form Kepa and Willy Caballero to start in his new club's last two matches, has withdrawn from Senegal duty after suffering a thigh injury during Wednesday's training session.

The £22-million summer signing underwent a medical examination at a hospital in Rabat, Morocco, before being sent back to Chelsea for further tests. Senegal is set to play Morocco in a Friday friendly before another non-competitive fixture against Mauritania next week.

Mendy was poised to add to his eight caps over the October international break after featuring in a 1-1 League Cup draw with Tottenham Hotspur and logging a clean sheet in Saturday's 4-0 defeat of Crystal Palace. The 28-year-old shot-stopper moved to Chelsea from Ligue 1's Rennes in September.

Kepa, meanwhile, played the full 90 minutes of Spain's 0-0 friendly draw with Portugal on Wednesday. Spain also crams in two Nations League fixtures against Switzerland and Ukraine before players return to their respective clubs.

Mendy returns to Chelsea after suffering injury on Senegal duty
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