Thibaut Courtois Could Start Next Season as Chelsea Number One After Petr Cech Blow

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Belgium international to return to Stamford Bridge.

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Petr Cech’s injury could see Thibaut Courtois start the season as Chelsea’s number one goalkeeper, according to the Standard.

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Cech is expected to be require surgery and the 31-year-old will be out of action for four months after dislocating his shoulder in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid.

His opposite number at the Vicente Calderon could now have the chance to stake a serious claim to be the Blues’ first choice next term.

Courtois has spent the last three seasons on loan with the Spanish club but is set to sign a new contract and return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Jose Mourinho is a huge fan of the 21-year-old, who has insisted he will not be content as understudy to Cech, and will give him the chance to impress in pre-season.

Atletico want Courtois for another 12 months but Cech’s injury is likely to prevent a fourth loan deal, particularly with Chelsea’s other two goalkeepers Mark Schwarzer and Hilario out of contract in the summer.

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