Chelsea’s fortunes seem to be turning for the better as Thibaut Courtois is set to return into action after 3 months of a layoff due to a knee surgery.
Courtois’s last game for the Blues was a home defeat against Crystal Palace in August after which picking up a knee injury he was sidelined for 3 months. With a possible return only in mid-December, Courtois’s presence in the entire practice session before Saturday’s match against Bournemouth, without any glitches or discomfort on account of his knew bode good tidings for Chelsea. Though Begovic has been good in the absence of the Belgian but given a choice Mourinho wouldn’t bat an eyelid in choosing Courtois over Begovic.
Courtois who has only played 3 games so far in this season underwent a knee surgery in Barcelona and has been in a rehabilitation process since then. Courtois’s exploits in Spain and his 12 clean sheets last season for the Blues would make him the premier choice for the manager if he is fit for the match as its would be necessary for Courtois to get as much game time as possible before the Champions League tie against Porto next week.
Costa will also feature on the 11 man squad after being benched in the game against Tottenham. Even after his little stint at a nightclub, Costa along with Ramires and Kenedy made it to the practice session on time and duly completed it.
Though all looks merry with Courtois’s injury; the management would be wary before fielding him on Saturday. The goalkeeper played two games for Belgium in September and worsened the condition of his knee. Surely Chelsea wouldn’t want to complicate things further and would rather wait for a full recovery than playing him on Saturday without precaution. In that light, the club will conduct a series of tests to ensure Courtois complete fitness before bringing him into the attack.
Chelsea seems to be gaining momentum on the basis of their last three matches and would like to bank of this good run of form before the crucial Champions League clash on Thursday.