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Thibaut Courtois finger injury proving more severe than previously thought

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Continuing the theme of Chelsea often revealing incomplete or vague information regarding injuries in the squad, Thibaut Courtois only made the bench against Newcastle United on Saturday.  While the young Belgian has been firmly entrenched as Chelsea's number one goalkeeper this season, Mourinho's decision to start with Petr Cech instead could easily be interpreted as punishment for the five goals that Courtois shipped to Spurs in his last game.  But it turns out that it was the finger injury that he picked up in the same game that kept him out.

Mourinho had mentioned the injury after the loss, expressing hope that it wasn't broken.  Courtois had been able to carry on after receiving a bit of treatment, and was obviously fit enough for the bench and any emergency action.

So what's the deal with his finger?  Is it broken?  Sprained?  Bruised?  Who knows.  But clearly it's not 100%.