Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a rather unfortunate injury he picked up while in post against Brighton and Hove Albion. The Spain international had returned to form and wrestled his number one spot back from Edouard Mendy before injury struck.
The injury which he picked up at Brighton looked quite soft but the impact seems to be more deep reaching than initially feared, he has since missed the last four games for the Blues and any hope he had of gate crashing the Spain World Cup has evaporated in thin air.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter has refused to give a time scale on when he will return and the goalkeeper has alternated between being on crutches and walking gingerly unaided.
The Blues boss is of the view that Kepa will have to take it from day to day and target the Premier League game against Bournemouth.
The Chelsea boss said: “He’s got to take it day by day. It’s a tear in his plantar fascia, so depending on how he responds to pain and how comfortable he feels. At the moment, not so positive.”
LondonWorld understands that Kepa is in a race against time to be fit for the warm weather training in Dubai as Chelsea gear up for what is expected to be a mini pre-season for the new boss.
Reports also suggest he’s had enough of Edouard Mendy and will sanction his sale in the summer before raiding former club Brighton and Hove Albion in a bid to raise the standards and improve competition in the goalkeeping department.
Chelsea lost their last four games in all competitions before the World Cup break and Potter will know from history that both results and performance will have to improve if his time at the club is to last longer than this season.