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Courtois to be Chelsea number one after Cech injury

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Chelsea have instructed on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois to return to Stamford Bridge for next season following the injury suffered by Petr Cech.

As reported by The Sun, Chelsea are ready to make Courtois their number one heading into next season as Cech faces up to three months out. The Czech Republic international suffered a dislocated shoulder in the Champions League first-leg match against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Courtois, who watched on from the opposite goalmouth as Cech was helped off the field, has made it clear that he will not return to Chelsea if it means he has to sit on the bench behind Cech.

But that problem may have been solved by Cech's injury, with Mourinho keen to bring Courtois back and test him out over the first few weeks of the new season.

Courtois will face his parent club against next week, when Atletico Madrid travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the second-leg of their semi-final tie. It is currently 0-0 after the first 90 minutes.

Mourinho will be forced to pick Mark Schwarzer again next week with Cech out - the Australian came on to replace the Chelsea number one following his first-half injury.

Courtois is rated as one of the best young keepers in the world, and is currently coming towards the end of his third season on loan in the Spanish capital.

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