Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is a major doubt for Chelsea’s game at Everton on Saturday after picking up a knee injury in training.
According to Belgian paper Het Laatste Nieuws the Belgium number one picked up the problem in training at Cobham on Wednesday and he will undergo intensive treatment in a bid to get himself fit for Saturday’s lunchtime clash at Goodison Park.
Courtois, whose early-season form has been patchy, played in both of Belgium games during the international break – Euro 2016 qualifying wins over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus – but there are serious doubts that he will be unavailable for more than one game.
HLN claim the 23-year-old felt a niggle in his right knee during the warm-up ahead of Chelsea’s draw with Swansea on August 8 – the game in which the keeper was sent off. He was banned for the following game – the defeat at Man City – but he returned against West Brom, but is yet to keep a clean sheet.
Asmir Begovic, who played against City, now looks set for another chance to shine and capitalise on Courtois’ uncertain start to the season.