Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will miss around three months after undergoing knee surgery.
The reigning Premier League champions has had a rough start to the new season, only winning one out of the first four games, and things has gotten even worse as Courtois will miss around three months after undergoing knee surgery.
Chelsea released a statement on Friday, saying that Courtois “underwent surgery yesterday on an avulsion of the posterior corner and medial part of the internal meniscus of his right knee. The successful surgery consisted of a reattachment of the meniscus by suturing.” Manager Jose Mourinho was obviously not pleased with the injury to his starting goalkeeper.
“It’s a big blow but you will not see me speaking again about Thibaut,” Mourinho told The Guardian. “It’s not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured. But it is easy to have one of the best goalkeepers in the world to play. Begovic is very, very good. I’m sad for Thibaut and sad for the team but we have a top goalkeeper and Begovic will be in goal.”
Mourinho also spoke about third-string goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, 21, that will now be backing up Begovic.
“The third goalkeeper is always a complicated situation,” Mourinho said. “You can be third goalkeeper and not sit on the bench once all season. Or you can be third goalkeeper and play a big match. In my first spell here, Hilário played against Barcelona when he was the third goalkeeper.
“Our decision was that the third goalkeeper would be a young English goalkeeper, behind two fantastic goalkeepers. We think that’s a good decision. We lose Courtois for a long, long time and now Jamal becomes the second.
“He was on loan at Middlesbrough and he did not play one single match in the Championship, just one cup match against Liverpool. He does not have experience but he has potential.”