Mourinho gives latest Chelsea injury update ahead of Everton trip

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois requires knee surgery and will be out of action for a period of months

Thibaut Courtois has been ruled out of action for “quite a long time” due to a knee injury, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

The 23-year-old Belgium international goalkeeper damaged his medial ligaments during training on Wednesday.

Mourinho confirmed that the shot-stopper had suffered the serious problem in the build-up to the Blues’ Premier League trip to Everton on Saturday lunchtime.

Speaking at his pre-match news conference at Cobham on Friday afternoon, Mourinho said: “Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers.

“I cannot tell you much but I can tell you he needs surgery in his right knee and as a consequence he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be more specific about the injury and about the time he will be out, but I know he will be out for some time.

“I am waiting for Dr Biosca [the club’s medical director] to be more specific after surgery. I think today we will be ready to give some more information. It’s a big blow but you will not see me speaking next week about Thibaut because I never do about an injured player.

“It’s not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured but it’s easy to have one of the best goalkeepers in the world to play, and we have Begovic to play and he’s very, very good. I’m very sad for Thibaut and for the team but we have a top goalkeeper and Begovic will be in goal.”

The news means that summer signing Asmir Begovic is set to start in goal for the west London club at Goodison Park.

Chelsea head into Saturday’s game looking to return to winning ways in the top flight after slumping to a surprise 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace in their most recent outing before the international break.

The defending champions are already eight points behind early pace-setters Manchester City, who lead the way at the top of the Premier League table.

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