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Mendy Start Against West Ham

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Edouard Mendy will return in goal when the club face West Ham United in the Premier League this evening.

Kepa Arrizabalaga started the 1-0 FA Cup semi-final triumph over Manchester City last weekend and retained his spot against the Seagulls a few days later.

Tuchel clarified that the Spaniard was only rewarded a league start for his performance against City, and Mendy will reclaim his role between the sticks.

Ahead of the London derby, Tuchel confirmed that Mendy will return in goal after being an unused substitute in the previous two matches across all competitions.

He told Chelseafc.com: “Mendy is in goal. The change was made for Kepa for the FA Cup game, and even before then, the goalkeeper coach and me decided that Kepa would stay one more game after Man City to have it as a reward and feel a bit the rhythm of playing every three days.”

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The Blues don’t have any fresh injury concerns to worry about, but Tuchel revealed that Mateo Kovacic continues to remain on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

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