Chelsea have been rocked with the news that 23-year-old Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be out of action for a period of eight weeks according to reports.

Courtois is believed to have suffered a serious knee injury while on international duty with Marc Wilmots’ side.

Chelsea doctors were attempting to assess the full extent of the issue and although substantial swelling was preventing them from making and exact diagnosis.

Though the former Atletico Madrid ‘keeper has already been warned he faces an extended spell on the sidelines.

Chelsea’s initial fears that Courtois had suffered cruciate-ligament damage are believed to have been dismissed, but he is now officially ruled out of Saturday’s Barclays Premier trip to Everton.

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