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Mourinho expects Courtois to be ready for Saturday's match against Bournemouth

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Thibaut Courtois suffered a meniscus tear on September 9th, underwent surgery on the 10th, and was given a prognosis of about 10-12 weeks of recovery time.  At almost 10 weeks on the dot, he returned to full training, initially just running drills with the rest of the team, then progressing to goalkeeping work.  Now, it sounds like he's ready to make his return next weekend against AFC Bournemouth.

I wouldn't take this to mean that Courtois will be back starting just yet.  Mourinho could just be throwing "ready" out there as some sort of generality or more of a philosophical ready than a physical one.  Or Courtois could be back, but just on the bench.  But it definitely sounds like he will be back sooner rather than later.  Combined with Chelsea's slowly improving prospects, maybe our season will have finally turned the proverbial corner.

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