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Kepa substituted for Mendy with foot injury after horror first half at Brighton

18:22 WAT 29/10/2022
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After conceding three goals against Brighton, Graham Potter opted for a change of goalkeepers with Edouard Mendy replacing injured Kepa Arrizabalaga.
  • Has been first choice under Potter
  • Hurt foot in opening 45 minutes
  • Conceded three goals

WHAT HAPPENED? A nightmare afternoon was cut short at half-time as he was replaced by the Blues' former first-choice goalkeeper. Kepa provided little resistance to the Seagulls' first-half barrage in which they netted three unanswered goals against Chelsea, who are being coached by their ex-manager. Brighton won the match 4-1 after each side scored once following Kepa's exit.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Kepa appeared to signal to the bench during the opening 45 minutes, and after the match, the club confirmed he had suffered a foot problem. The severity is not yet known.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Potter has been very clear in his support for Kepa who had previously been demoted to being the back-up goalkeeper under Thomas Tuchel after the arrival of Mendy.


WHAT NEXT FOR KEPA? He will now be left to sweat over his potential World Cup inclusion. According to a leaked provisional Spain squad, the Chelsea goalkeeper was one of those chosen by Luis Enrique alongside Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez, David Raya and David Soria.