Chelsea new signing Edouard Mendy has been ruled out for two weeks after sustaining a thigh injury during international duty for Senegal.
Mendy suffered the injury during his country’s friendly game against Morocco at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.
According to The Athletic, medical teams at Chelsea have given the cheering the news that the injury is not as bad as it seems but the 28-year-old will not play for two weeks.
This means Mendy will be unavailable for Chelsea’s Premier League match against Southampton next weekend but he will be at the Champions League opening game.
The former Rennes number one made an impressive debut for the London club after keeping a clean sheet in their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, Lampard might have to turn to under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero while his new signing is out injured.
FrujuSports had earlier reported that Arrizabalaga is determined to fight for the first choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge.
“I feel good, strong, and confident,” Kepa said at a Spain press conference, quoted on the national team’s Twitter account.
“Perhaps it is not a dream situation, but during the soccer career sometimes you have to live moments like this.
“I’m confident I can turn it around and do my best when I play.
“We all want to play. But I don’t think about anything beyond the day-to-day life and focusing on the national team’s matches.
“We have three matches and my focus is on them.
“In the life of a footballer there are ups and downs, but in the end what is in my hands is to work.”