Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Thibaut Courtois is in line to return to action before Christmas.
The Belgium goal keeper went under the knife in September after he injured his knee ligaments in training.
The goalkeeper returned back to first team training last week as he stepped up his rehabilitation process.
And Mourinho has confirmed that despite the Belgian training with the first team, he will not be featuring for the blues in a competitive football match until mid December.
Mourinho said: “We think Courtois can play before Christmas.
“I would say mid-December.”
The Belgian return will give Jose Mourinho’s side the much needed morale boost as they look to transform their season after a poor start to the current campaign.
Courtois was brilliant for Chelsea last season as he kept club legend Petr Cech out of the first team and subsequently forced him to move to Arsenal but the Belgian has missed majority of the current season because of the injury.
Asmir Begovic who joined the blues from Stoke City last summer has deputized for the Belgian in his absence. Although Begovic hasn’t done badly for Chelsea in Courtois absence but the return of the Belgian will likely see Begovic return to the bench.
Courtois won the Premier League and Capital One Cup titles with the blues last summer.