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Courtois a full participant in Belgium training on Thursday, wants to play against Andorra

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Paul Gilham

The timeline of Thibaut Courtois getting repeatedly tested while joining up with the Belgium national football team is not 100% clear to me, but as far as I gather, he stayed at Chelsea for a few extra days, passing at least one more concussion test with us on Wednesday.

Thursday morning he joined up with the Red Devils...

...trained all day...


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...and is now set for a final test Friday morning.  Final in terms of possibly starting against Andorra later today (which apparently he wants to do), not in terms of final overall test monitoring any after effects from his collision with Alexis Sanchez on Sunday.  (Probably?)

Translating head coach Marc Wilmots's tweets with Google Translate gives us a picture consistent with his words from Wednesday as well.  Courtois has made it through full training without a problem but will still be given a neurological exam this morning.

And while I understand the young goalkeeper's desire to play for his country, even if the tests come back negative, it's probably ok if he sits this one out anyway.  Even if he would likely have very little to do against Andorra and even if it means losing a tiny bit of ground in his non-friendly rivalry with Simon Mignolet.  No need at all to rush things.

On a final note, speaking of rivals, here's something to make you smile.

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