THOMAS TUCHEL is hopeful Edouard Mendy will be fit for the Champions League final after a 'huge improvement' in his rib injury.
The goalkeeper, 29, suffered the painful blow as he crashed against the post attempting to save Bertrand Traore's opener in the defeat to Aston Villa.
The Blues were forced to substitute Mendy at half-time of the 2-1 loss with less than a week to go before the Champions League final.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is on standby to face Manchester City on Saturday but Tuchel described his optimism at his first-choice recovering in time.
The 47-year-old said: "For Edu, the update is that we still have hope that he joins training on Wednesday and he joins the group.
"We had a huge improvement in the management of the pain.
"We need a further update on Wednesday, but we hope to have him back in training on Wednesday.
"Edu will play if he is fit and if he is not fit on Wednesday we will try on Thursday. And we will try on Friday and take the responsibility for this decision.
"At the same time, we have trust if he cannot make it. We have a strong guy on the bench with Kepa.
"Now the race is on. We are very happy first of all that the images don’t show that the injury is too serious.
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"We are positive but every hour counts and hopefully the team around Edu and he himself can do enough. It will be a good boost for us."
Mendy has featured 43 times for Chelsea since his move from Rennes in September.
Both Tuchel and predecessor Frank Lampard have favoured the Senegal shot-stopper over Kepa, following a series of errors from the club record signing.
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