Edouard Mendy is ruled OUT of Senegal’s AFCON opener against Zimbabwe due to Covid – with Chelsea keeper becoming the EIGHTH player within their squad to test positive
- Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy will miss Senegal’s Africa Cup of Nations opener
- Mendy won’t be able to face Zimbabwe after he tested positive for Covid-19
- Senegal will be without a host of players including defender Kalidou Koulibaly
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss Senegal’s opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations against Zimbabwe on Monday.
As reported by Sky Sports, Senegal are already without Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Alanyaspor striker Famara Diedhiou because of Covid-19.
In addition, Saliou Ciss, Bamba Dieng, Mame Baba Thiam, Pape Matar Sarr, Alfred Gomis and Leicester’s Nampalys Mendy had to remain in Senegal ahead of this game after testing positive.
Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy will miss Senegal’s Africa Cup of Nations opener with Covid-19
Gomis is Senegal’s second-choice goalkeeper, so it seems likely that they will have to call upon third-choice shot-stopper Seny Dieng of QPR.
Senegal boss Aliou Cisse described the situation as ‘difficult’.
He said: ‘It’s a difficult and complicated situation.
‘But we are going to be competitive and those there are going to play for those who are absent.
‘We are still going into the game against Zimbabwe full of confidence.’
Senegal boss Aliou Cisse is without a host of players and described the situation as ‘difficult’
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly will be another high-profile absentee against Zimbabwe
The absence of Mendy, who has 16 caps for his country, is a major blow for Senegal, but they will still be determined to get the better of Zimbabwe.
Guinea and Malawi are also in Senegal’s group at the tournament.
Mendy has kept eight clean sheets in 20 Premier League games for Chelsea this season and has been largely impressive since he joined the Blues from Rennes in 2020.
In addition to Edouard Mendy and Nampalys Mendy, there are two other Premier League players in Senegal’s squad for the tournament in Crystal Palace’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.