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Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois ready to return from thumb injury at Liverpool

• Belgian goalkeeper sustained injury on New Year’s Day
• Petr Cech has kept three clean sheets in his absence
• Thibaut Courtois interview: ‘Petr is someone I want to emulate’

José Mourinho may hand Thibaut Courtois a first appearance in the Capital One Cup in ’s semi-final first leg at Liverpool after the Belgian trained over the weekend without suffering pain from a thumb injury.

Courtois, outstanding this term since finally ending a three-year stint on loan at Atlético Madrid, fractured the thumb in the startling 5-3 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day. Petr Cech, having been restored to the starting XI. The Czech international has subsequently been excellent in has kept three successive clean sheets as Chelsea recovered their poise in league and FA Cup since that loss at White Hart Lane.

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