Thibaut Courtois‘ injured knee is worse than expected, and put Chelsea in a bind.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho says Courtois will be undergoing surgery on his right knee and is set to be out “quite a long time”.
Mourinho says he’ll wait for the post-surgery update to give a time table on Courtois’ return. The 23-year-old goalkeeper’s skill set allowed the Blues to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal.
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Now Asmir Begovic is set for a turn in the driver’s seat, with 21-year-old Jamal Blackman likely to back him up. Blackman’s only First Team experience is a League Cup appearance on loan for Middlesbrough in the Championship last season.
‘I cannot tell you much but I can tell you he needs surgery in his right knee and as a consequence he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be more specific about the injury and about the time he will be out, but I know he will be out for some time.
‘It’s not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured but it’s easy to have one of the best goalkeepers in the world to play, and we have Begovic to play and he’s very, very good. I’m very sad for Thibaut and for the team but we have a top goalkeeper and Begovic will be in goal.’
The news comes about 11 days too late for a Chelsea squad which thought it had its backup plan in order with Begovic.
Somebody call Jaime Penedo! But really, take a look at the out-of-contract keepers and see if a name fits the bill.