Thibaut Courtois could make Chelsea injury comeback against Bournemouth – but trio miss out


Thibaut Courtois is in line to make his Chelsea comeback against Bournemouth tomorrow.

Keeper Courtois will be back in the squad for the Cherries’ visit to Stamford Bridge after three months out with a knee injury.

And Jose Mourinho is considering handing him an instant return to the starting line-up.

Summer signing Asmir Begovic has started Chelsea’s last 17 games in Courtois absence and proved to be an able deputy.

But Mourinho said: “He has been out a long time. Too long. Now we feel better to have him. We have him. We have Begovic, Marco Amelia and Jamal Blackman.

Carl Recine/ReutersChelsea's Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic before the game
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“Courtois was our goalkeeper all last season, and we know how fundamental he was for us. So it’s very important that we have him back.

“Courtois is Courtois. To miss Courtois for a couple of matches, we knew we had good protection in a good goalkeeper (like Begovic).

“But to lose your best goalkeeper for three months, and 19 matches in all competitions (all season)… 19 matches without the best goalkeeper in the world.

“It was hard for us. Now we are again in a super situation by having the best and a very good one.

“I don’t know (if he starts). I have to speak with him and make a decision. But, sooner or later, he will be my No1. If not tomorrow, then against Porto.”

Ian Walton/GettyJohn Terry leaves the field on a stretcher
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Nemanja Matic has been declared fit despite fracturing his nose and cheek against Tottenham last week and is set to play wearing a protective mask.

Mourinho said: “He has a double fracture, of his nose and cheek. A double fracture. So it was not a nice touch in his face, but he is ready.

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“He wore the mask in training and the vision is good. He is ready. It was before the night out. It was against Tottenham.”

Chelsea will still be without injured trio John Terry, Ramires and Radamel Falcao against Bournemouth.

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