EDOUARD MENDY has given Chelsea an almighty scare ahead of next weekend's Champions League final after going off injured against Aston Villa.
The Blues take on Manchester City on Saturday in a bid to win their first European Cup in nine years.
But Thomas Tuchel was dealt a cruel blow after star goalkeeper Mendy picked up a potentially serious injury in Sunday's Premier League finale.
Ex-Chelsea star Bertrand Traore opened the scoring for Villa after rifling home from a cheeky corner-kick routine.
Mendy had dived in a desperate bid to stop the ball from hitting the back of the net, with the Blues' top-four place on the line.
But the Senegalese stopper failed to keep it out and, more worryingly, seemed to hurt himself after colliding with the post.
Mendy played through the pain for the final two minutes of the first-half.
But he never reappeared for the second period, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being introduced off the bench.
With under a week to go until the Champions League final in Portugal, Tuchel may be forced to play Kepa between the sticks.
And things went from bad to worse for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge shortly after half-time.
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Just seven minutes into the second period, Jorginho brought down Traore in the box, with a penalty awarded to the visitors.
Anwar El Ghazi coolly rolled the ball past Kepa to make it 2-0.
With Chelsea's top-four hopes crumbling, Timo Werner thought he'd pulled one back just ten minutes later.
But the goal was ruled out with the German deemed to have been in an offside position.
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