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Thibaut Courtois

Thibaus Courtois has set a target of December 5th to make his return from injury in news that is a big boost to Chelsea’s fortunes. 

ChelseaNews24 reported yesterday that Courtois took part in his first training session since then having surgery on a knee injury in September.

The Belgium international only conducted light exercises and didn’t use his hands, but he feels confident enough to earmark the visit of Premiership new boys Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge in a fortnight as the date where he return to first team action.

Chelsea have missed Coutois in goal this season- the former Atletico Madrid ‘keeper only playing in three matches so far. As well as injury, he was suspended for three matches after being sent off against Swansea City on the opening day of the season.

His last appearance came in the 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace in August. The London Evening Standard is reporting that Jose Mourinho is hoping to have him back sooner, and could include Courtois in the squad for the trip to Spurs on the 29th November.

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Chelsea midfielder Oscar has once again been linked with a move to Italian giants Juventus, once again raising the possibility that a Stamford Bridge move for Paul Pogba might be possible.

Oscar was routinely linked with a move to Turin as Chelsea sought the services of Pogba, one of the best midfielders in Europe. French international Pogba was, and is, linked with just about every top club in Europe. He inspired Juventus to the Serie A title and the Champions League final last season, the latter they lost 3-1 to Barcelona.

Brazil midfielder Oscar helped Chelsea regain the Premiership title last season but has had a torrid time along with his teammates. He has played just six Premiership games so far this season and not scored netting the Blues first goal of the season against Swansea City in August. He has since regained his place in the team after several poor performances by Cesc Fabregas and has been a considerable improvement with his directness and energy.

Much of the summer’s transfer window gossip was taken by the possibility of either of these players swapping one club for the other, or in fact if they would be used as some kind of swap deal with cash going in one direction or another as well.

Chelsea are currently 16th in the Premiership table. Juventus have also had a poor start to the season as they sit 7th in Serie A.

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Thibaus Courtois says his rehabilitation from knee injury is going well and that he will return to first team football in December. 

Courtois had an awful start to the season- he was sent off in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City on the opening weekend and promptly tore the meniscus in his right knee shortly after coming back. Asmir Bewgovic, who Chelsea bought back in the summer after letting Petr Cech go to Arsenal, has been filling in during Courtois’ absence.

Chelsea were prepared for the worst and thought the Beligum ‘keeper could be out for the season but the former Atletico Madrid Number 1 says he expects to be back by the end of the year.

He spoke to reporters following Belgium’s win over Israel in Euro 2016 qualifying and said:

“In terms of my knee, it’s good. 

“I’m doing my rehabilitation and it’s progressing well.

“From tomorrow [Wednesday], I’ll be starting the bulk of the work with my physio to come back as soon as possible.

“Of course I still have to be careful not to go too quickly. I should be back in December, all being well.

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman thinks Chelsea will react well following their 2-1 defeat to Porto in the Champions League and will provide his team with a very difficult this weekend. 

Chelsea play Southampton tomorrow and will be looking to reverse their alarmingly poor form which has seen them make their worst start to a season in a generation. They currently sit 14th in the Premiership table, 8 points behind leaders Manchester United and having just recorded two wins this season.

Speaking ahead of Southampton’s trip to west London, Koeman intimated that the Premiership Champions’ rotten season shouldn’t mean his players are complacent.

The Dutchman said this:

“They will go up in the table because they don’t stay that low for so long. We know what they can bring. We know the qualities of them. We have to be good and on a very high level to get a good result.”

Southampton are currently 10th having beaten Swansea City 3-2 last weekend.


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José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has dismissed claims that Chelsea are in crisis, and claims the Champions will recover from their poor start to the season. 

Chelsea have just one point to their name after a draw against Swansea on the opening day and a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. The bad start have prompted some to say that the club is in crisis, and that they stand little chance of chance of retaining their Premiership crown.

That view is not shared by Chris Sutton, who played for Chelsea between 1999-2000, a season in which he scored just three goals for the Blues.

Speaking to talkSport, Suttin said that Jose Mourinho was still the right man to lead Chelsea, that John Terry was far from over as a Chelsea player, and that his old club would get back ontrack. :

“I don’t think many people are in a position to question Mourinho and his decisions.

“Obviously things don’t seem to be going very well. They started their pre-season late, but in the end it’s about results and Chelsea have had a disappointing start to the season.

“I don’t think that Mourinho has taken his eye off the ball in any way.They were beaten by a better Manchester City side at the weekend but I don’t think it’s a crisis.

“It wasn’t working at the weekend, Mourinho made a change, it’s as simple as that. It doesn’t mean John Terry is finished by any means. It’s all much ado about nothing.

“This is the top, top level. It’s no big deal though as far as I can see. John Terry will come back and play regularly.” 



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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow afternoon in what is bound to be one of, if not the most, important matches of the season against Manchester City.

The events of last weekend have made it more so- Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City in which the the Blues twice gave a lead away and ended up with ten players after Thibaus Courtois was sent off, and Manchester City’s win at West Brom.

Should Chelsea lose it will leave them five points behind City and without a win after two games. A win, however, will take them above City, such is open state of the Premiership table. This early on in the season it is probably wrong to suggest that this game, although between the two favourites for the league title, will have a bearing on who comes first at the end of the season, but it is safe to say that being five points back st any time is a very bad thing and something Mourinho will avoid above anything else.

Last season Chelsea won the title thanks to their dominance over their direct rivals; they were unbeaten against Manchester City, United, Arsenal and Liverpool, and took 14 points in total against those teams. The only blemish against the other top sides in the league was the horrendous 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane against Spurs, but that game was remarkable for being unusual as much as it was humiliating for Jose Mourinho’s side.


It is notable that despite the massive points advantage Chelsea had over tomorrow’s opponents, did not beat them last season. Both games were overshadowed by the presence of Frank Lampard, playing for City after leaving Chelsea. This time there is no such situation, neither side has lost a player to the other, and there is no chance of Lampard hurting Chelsea with a trademark delayed run into the penalty area. Had Chelsea beaten Swansea City and not suffered a red card then it is likely Mourinho would put more emphasis on the two draws last season and the need to show once and for all that his group of players trump Manuel Pellegrini’s.

The result last weekend, and the second choice ‘keeper Asmir Begovic, means that this game must not under circumstances end in defeat. It will be of no surprise if Mourinho adopts the same approach that he did away at City last season and at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal when Chelsea settled for a draw after a bright start, the latter of those being the last big game Chelsea played before winning the title.

Against Arsenal Chelsea started quickly and could, had the referee made a different decision, had the lead through a penalty, but the team sat back to guarantee the draw late on. Earlier on in September at City they sat back to begin with and almost won the game having taken the lead with 12 minutes left through Andre Schurrle, before the infamous Lampard equaliser.

Tomorrow’s game will be tense, and probably more exciting for its lack of goals as opposed to the quality of the attacking play from England’s two best sides, and ultimately Chelsea’s approach may be out of their hands if, probably when, the home side take the initiative. To win the game is undoubtedly a bigger prize for City, one does think that they will need a lead to give themselves the momentum into the Autumn and Winter given Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s experience in winning league titles. The game itself will not decide the title, but it could well determine the first half of the season, with either side having an early advantage.

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Eva Carneiro, the doctor who is the centre of such controversy, could appear on the next series of Celebrity Big Brother, according to reports.

Carneiro, 41, has been demoted from her position on the Chelsea bench after a public dispute that took place following her running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in the last minute of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City when the Blues were chasing a winning goal.  The medical department was criticised by Jose Mourinho afterwards for not working to the team’s advantage and leaving just nine players on the pitch during stoppage time.

Reports that Carneiro, who is prominent on social media and took to Facebook to thank those supporting her  since Saturday, may appear on the popular reality show have come about after bookmakers Paddy Power put odds at 12-1 for her to appear. A spokesman for the company said this:

“I was certain Ramadel Falcao was going to be first out the door at Stamford Bridge but it looks like poor old Eva has beat him to it.

“It’s not all doom and gloom though – we’ve seen punters backing her for a stint on CBB.”

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that neither Carneiro or Jon Fearn, the club’s physiotherapist, who also ran on the pitch to treat Hazard, will be present for the game against Manchester City on Sunday.

Neither Chelsea FC or Channel 5, Big Brother’s broadcaster, have yet commented on the reports.

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Jose Mourinho will not back down in the row with Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro despite reports that the 41-year-old is seeking legal advice following her demotion from the first team bench.

Mourinho was outraged by Caneiro and physio Jon Fearn running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard when the team was searching for a winning goal. He criticised his medical staff afterwards and a public dispute has subsequently broken out with many condemning the Portuguese for making Carneiro a scapegoat for his team’s poor performance and disappointing result.

Carneiro was told by Mourinho that she is no longer permitted to attend first team matches or training sessions, although she is still in her job as team doctor. Her response, according to reports, is to seek legal advice with the possibility of suing Chelsea FC for constructive dismissal, but a public apology from Mourinho might be sufficient to make retract.

The Chelsea manager’s actions and words in regard to the incident are “extreme”, according the Premier League Doctors group.

Mourinho is said to be unwilling to apologise, and that his view on the matter has not changed despite the bad the PR for him and the club. The club, although anxious about the publicity, support the manager and are said to be wholly unimpressed by Carneiro taking to social media to thank those supporting her.

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Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has been described as a “cheerleader” and being “extremely naive” by her predecessor as the dispute over her being banned from the Chelsea bench continues.

Ralph Rogers has spoken out after Jose Mourinho was condemned by pundits and the medical profession at large for criticising his medical staff for running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard when Chelsea were looking for a winning goal late on against Swansea City on Saturday.

Carneiro, 41, has become the centre of attention in recent days as Mourinho’s comments were interpreted by most to be a direct criticism of her. She took to Facebook shortly afterwards to thank those who had wished her well, and on Monday it was announced that she and Jon Fearn, the physio, will not be on the bench for the game against Manchester City on Sunday.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Rogers stood up for Mourinho in the row and said the fault for the publicity since lies largely with Carneiro.

He is quoted as saying:

“You’re not supposed to take centre stage if you are a physician to a team. You have to understand your dynamic in the club. You are not a player.

“Her putting that “thanks for the support” on Facebook was extremely naive. That would upset anyone. What was she trying to achieve there? Are you bigger than the manager? You’re never going to win, nor should you.

“You’re the backroom staff, you’re there to do a job. You’re not there as a cheerleader. You can play to it or you can play it down. It seems like she played to it.

“You’re not supposed to be a celebrity. You can’t be a celebrity doctor, come on. Let’s get real.”

Rogers was Chelsea’s doctor until he resigned in 2011. He believes the situation is far bigger than Mourinho simply being annoyed by Carneiro running onto the pitch to treat Hazard, and that posting on Facebook was very unprofessional.

“Who’s to say when common sense prevailed and there was no more gasoline poured onto the situation then everything would’ve just settled down.

“But when you add the Facebook and continue with it, because you are a “celebrity doctor” this is what happens.

“There is no chance she is still the first-team doctor. You can’t do your job.

“If anybody really looked at it… there are two sides to every story. Especially because I’ve heard him praise medical staff in the past at other places.

“There’s something else going on. If you had a rapport with someone that important in your club you wouldn’t out them like that. The medical team need to have a relationship with the manager. If you have a respect that kind of thing never happens.

“A head injury you run on – period. But you have to understand the injury and the game. I completely agree with some of the things Mourinho said. I also saw from his reaction there was a little bit more frustration.

“If you think that player is seriously injured and you got the nod [from the referee] you go on. You also have to understand your players.”

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Chelsea will find out today whether or not Thibaus Courtois will be available to play in Sunday’s crucial league match against Manchester City.

Courtois was sent off in the Blues opening day draw against Swansea City for denying a goal scoring opportunity. The subsequent penalty was scored and Chelsea missed out an opening day win for the first time since 2011.

The suspension, one game, means that second choice ‘keeper Asmir Begovic will have to fill in for the Belgian when Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium. An appeal was filed yesterday evening, and the evidence was heard by the FA at roughly 1pm today. A decision will be reached and announced by this evening.

It is likely that Chelsea’s argument against the red card will include the facts that the foul was committed on the very edge of the penalty area, as well as the covering defenders behind Courtois meaning he was not the final man between the attacker and the goal.


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