Chelsea suffer hammer blow as world-class star injured

Chelsea will be without first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for up to three months after the giant goalkeeper injured knee ligaments in training this week.

The Belgium international is one of the best stopper in the world game, with the Blues number one playing a considerable role in his team’s Premier League title success last season.

However, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Asmir Begovic will deputise for the injured Courtois today against Chelsea and that the big Belgian would be on the sidelines for some time.

“It is a big blow, it is not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.

“I’m very sad for Thibaut and the team but we have a top keeper and Begovic will be in goal.”

Courtois spent a number of seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and returned to Stamford Bridge last summer to take the number one jersey from long-standing stalwart Petr Cech.

Begovic moved to the West London club in the off-season from Stoke to replace Cech, who was sold to Arsenal, and will get an invaluable chance to play over the next months.

Chelsea have started the new season slowly and as such pressure will be on Begovic today against Everton.