- Edouard Mendy was not in action as Chelsea hammered rivals Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at the weekend
- Mendy is understood to have injured his hip during the Blues' UCL meeting with Zenit St. Petersburg
- The Senegalese is not expected to play any role when they take on Aston Villa during the Carabao Cup
- The keeper has played a key part in Chelsea's impressive start to the season that has seen them concede only once
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Thomas Tuchel is keeping his fingers crossed regarding Edouard Mendy's fitness as Chelsea prepare to take on rivals Man City this weekend.
Mendy, who is the Blues first choice goalkeeper missed his side's 3-0 comfortable win over Tottenham Hotspur during the London derby.
According to Metro UK, the shot-stopper picked a hip injury while in action against Zenit St. Petersburg during the Champions League last Tuesday.
Mendy has been in perfect shape for the west Londoners this season, conceding only once thus far in four Premier League matches.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga was started between the sticks against Spurs, and the Spaniard is expected to keep his place when Chelsea take on Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, September 22.
However, Tuchel is hopeful Mendy will be able to shake off his injury and be fit in time to face City.
"Mendy cannot play, he’s not in training so far," Tuchel said at a press conference ahead of the Aston Villa meeting.
"Our hope is to Integrate him back into individual training hopefully tomorrow and then team training later in the week.
"We will try to do everything we can for Saturday [vs Manchester City], but he’s not ready yet," he added.
Tuchel names teams who will challenge
Earlier, Briefly News reported that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has suggested his side are trailing behind Manchester City, Liverpool, and Manchester United in this season's title race.
Tuchel made the concession just moments after steering his side to a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener.
Goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic, and Trevoh Chalobah ensured the west Londoners kicked off their campaign on a flying start.
While the clash on Saturday was encouraging news for Chelsea in their push to challenge for the league this season, Tuchel contends there are still teams well ahead of the Blues.