Chelsea fans hoping to see an Edouard Mendy debut this weekend will be left disappointed, Frank Lampard has revealed.
After weeks of speculation, the 28-year-old finally completed his move to the Blues from French side Rennes on Thursday.
However, given the hectic nature of the past few days, it seems Kepa will be called upon once again to don the gloves against West Brom on Saturday evening.
“He’s had a long week where he hasn’t really trained and only flew in yesterday,” Lampard told reporters when quizzed on Mendy’s availability.
“It just feels like too tight a turnaround to put him in contention to start the game.”
Lampard also admitted that he has yet to have a discussion with his current error-prone first choice keeper – but it is on the cards.
“I haven’t spoken to Kepa since we came back in, no, I haven’t seen him but I will have a conversation with him,” added the 42-year-old.
“I’ll speak with Willy Caballero over the next 24 hours too. I’ve got a very open line of communication with both of them.
“There is good competition there now and that’s how we move forward with it.”
All indications are that Mendy will be installed as Lampard’s first choice when he is deemed ready to start.