Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be “out for quite a long time” after injuring his knee in training on Wednesday.
The Belgian keeper needs surgery on the problem that will keep him out for a significant period, with reports suggesting he could be sidelined until the end of the year.
“Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee,” said Mourinho.
“As a consequence of that he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.”
The 23-year-old played for his country during the international break and returned at full fitness, only to hurt his knee during the first session back at Cobham.
Asmir Begovic, bought from Stoke City for £8m to replace Petr Cech, is set to make his second start for the club against Everton on Saturday.