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Thibaut Courtois plays on after father rushed to hospital at Christmas

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Christmas time is a notoriously difficult period for Premier League footballers, with the busy festive fixture list meaning there's little time for celebrations with family and friends.

However, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois went the extra mile when turning out for Chelsea in matches against West Ham United and Southampton these past few days, after his dad Thierry was rushed to hospital with a serious brain condition on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old father of the talented Blues stopper was diagnosed with a torn blood vessel, and will need up to six months of rehabilitation before making a full recovery.

But, despite the dangerous situation Courtois senior found himself in on Christmas Eve, the Chelsea youngster was determined not to let his team-mates down and still play the Boxing Day clash against the Hammers at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho could've forgiven the former Atletico Madrid loanee for being a little distracted on Friday, but he appeared unaffected by goings on in his private life and impressed with another clean sheet display.

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Courtois was unable to record another shutout in Sunday's 1-1 draw with the Saints, but he should be commended for the professionalism shown just for being present between the sticks at St Mary's.

The Daily Mail carries quotes from the custodian's father, confirming the torrid time he's having at the moment, whilst also providing reassurances to his son as he continues his quest for Premier League glory with Chelsea this term.

"I was taken to hospital on Christmas Eve after problems keeping my balance" - Thierry Courtois

"I was taken to hospital on Christmas Eve after problems keeping my balance," he explained. "Doctors found a tear in the wall of a vein. Part of my brain had been denied blood for some time.

"They acted swiftly to dissect a blood vessel in my neck. I have to thank them for their care."

Courtois has been a virtual ever-present in Mourinho's side since replacing veteran stopper Petr Cech as Chelsea's number one goalkeeper this season, and supporters of the west London club have quickly fallen in love with the 22-year-old following a series of impressive performances.

His form has shown exactly why he's regarded as one of the brightest young glovemen in world football at the moment, and this latest show of dedication and devotion to the job at hand is only going to endear himself to the Blues faithful even more.

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