Edouard Mendy has undergone an operation on a fractured finger, Chelsea have announced.
The injury was picked up in training this week with the goalkeeper now set to work closely with the club’s medical team as he undergoes a period of rehabilitation.
Mendy’s blow comes after Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic joined a lengthy list of injuries at the club, including those to Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Armando Broja.
This injury is just the latest setback for the 30-year-old shot-stopper.
Mendy was closing in on a return to action after picking up a shoulder injury while on international duty with Senegal at the World Cup.
That injury has meant that the goalkeeper hasn’t featured for the Blues since returning from Qatar.
Mendy started the season as Chelsea’s number one goalkeeper, starting their first six Premier League games of the campaign.
However a mixture of injuries and lack of form have meant that Kepa Arrizabalaga has since established himself as the club’s first choice.
The Spaniard has made 14 appearances for the Blues so far this term and will now get more chances to prove himself as the club’s most reliable shot-stopper.
However with Chelsea currently sitting in 10th position in the Premier League table, it means that he’ll likely need to improve his displays if he’s to leave fans fully convinced.