By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Thibaut Courtois is set to be named in the Chelsea team for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth, Football Insider sources understand.
Jose Mourinho has decided to start the Belgian goalkeeper for the first time since the Blues’ 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on 29 August.
Asmir Begovic will drop to the substitute’s bench as Courtois returns after three months out with a knee injury.
Football Insider revealed in midweek that Mourinho was ready to fast-track the Belgian goalkeeper back into the team even though deput Begovic has performed well during his lengthy absence.
Mourinho confirmed at his media conference on Friday afternoon that Courtois would be back in the squad for the match at Stamford Bridge against struggling Bournemouth.
“Thibaut was our keeper all last season and you know how fundamental he was, it’s important to have him back,” said Mourinho.
Courtois has been training for the last two weeks and has convinced the staff that he is ready to be thrown into a high-intensity league encounter.
Mourinho regards Courtois as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world and has been keen to re-integrate him back into the team behind a defence that has struggled during much of his time on the sidelines.
Skipper Terry misses a second match in a row with the ankle injury he sustained in the Champions League win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv 10 days ago.