In what’s shaping up as a relegation six-pointer (it’s still so fun to type those words, and it might not hold true much longer, so let’s get it in while we still can, shall we?), Chelsea are hopeful that first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will make his return to the field when the Blues host Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra).
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Courtois, who has missed Chelsea’s last 10 Premier League games after suffering a knee injury against Crystal Palace on Aug. 29, has this week returned to full training and Jose Mourinho is confident the 23-year-old Belgian giant will reassume his role as the Blues’ no. 1 shot-stopper, a position held down admirably in Courtois’ absence by backup Asmir Begovic.
Courtois will be the subject of multiple injury checks on Friday, at which time it will be determined whether or not he starts against the Cherries 24 hours later.
Elsewhere for the reigning PL champions, Diego Costa is expected to make his return to the starting lineup after being dropped and an unused substitute against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, even after being photographed leaving a London nightclub, alongside Brazilian teammates Ramires and Kenedy, at 3 am Thursday morning. A group outing pegs a number of first-teamers having visited more than one nightclub together Wednesday night.