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Mourinho confirms Courtois will be out ‘for a long time’

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The rumours that Thibaut Courtois might be facing an extended spell on the sidelines have been alarming, but Chelsea supporters could hold some hope in the fact that they were just rumours. Now, alas, they are rumours no more. In his press conference on Friday, Jose Mourinho confirmed that Courtois will need surgery on his right knee, and as a result will be out for a while.

No problems were caused by the national teams, but Courtois was injured. I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee, and as a consequence he will be out for a long time.

But at this moment I cannot be more specific. It is not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured.

Source: Get West London.

The current chatter floating about is that this is a meniscus tear rather than more serious ligament damage, but that's still not good news. Although we have Asmir Begovic as perfectly fine cover for Courtois, it's difficult to stomach being without a key player for so long, and watching our goalkeeper depth evaporate like this is painful. Hopefully surgery goes well and we're back to full strength sooner than later.