Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club will miss the service of star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for a long time.

Earlier we had reported that Thibaut Courtois has suffered a knee injury and has been ruled out for almost 10 weeks. While Mourinho refused to speak about the exact period of the Belgian’s absence, it is evident that Begovic be the number 1 for quite some time now.

Chelsea takes on Everton in a crucial game week 5 match on Saturday, 12th September at the Goodison Park. Chelsea is currently struggling at the bottom half of the league table with just 4 points from as many matches.

Ahead of the match Jose Mourinho addressed the media where he said: “Thibaut Courtois was injured in a training session, he needs surgery on his right knee and he will be out for quite a long time.

“Thibaut Courtois was injured in training, he needs surgery on his right knee and he will be out for quite a long time.”

On asked about Chelsea’s tough face off against Everton, Mourinho opined: “Every game is important. We are in the title race, but we need points. We go with the intention to win the match.

“We are strong, together. I believe in the players, they believe in me. We are positive.”

Jose Mourinho was also asked about Oscar’s condition and about his availability to which the Portuguese manager replied that Oscar is ‘almost there’. He is recovering properly and might come back in the squad next week.

Chelsea will have to register all three points from this crucial away encounter otherwise they will falter further in the league table. The defending champions are currently in the 12th position and defeat or a draw will demote them further. Asmir Begovic will replace Thibaut Courtois under the bar.