Chelsea have been handed a major injury boost as first choice goalie, Thibaut Courtois, returned to squad training last Thursday and is on course to be available for play by December. The Belgium international has been missing in action since August ending when he appeared for the Blues in their Crystal Palace defeat. The 22 year-old picked up a meniscus tear in his knee in training, but has continued to step up recovery and it is hoped he is available to mount the goalpost in the club’s home game against Bournemouth on December 5.
Chelsea returned to winning ways over the weekend after resumption from the international break, and now sits in 15th place after 13 games. Having earlier lost 7 league matches already, the once defensive giants have lost 4 more than the total losses they suffered in the league last term when they cruised to title victory with 8 points ahead of 2nd placed Manchester City. Their defensive record last season was impeccable, as they conceded just 32 goals all season long, a strong defense that had the brilliant Courtois as its goal custodian.
Courtois returned to the Stamford Bridge last season after a loan spell at the Vicente Calderon, and immediately displaced Petr Cech as the club’s number 1. He took charge of 32 games, keeping 12 clean sheets in the process. His form saw Cech depart for Arsenal during the summer transfer, and Chelsea brought in Asmir Begovic as replacement backup. The former Stoke City goalie has manned the post 10 times already this season after Courtois got injured and was earlier suspended for a game after picking up a red card in the first League match against Swansea.