Thibaut Courtois could miss third Chelsea match with thumb injury

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could miss his third consecutive game on Saturday if he fails to recover from the thumb injury suffered in the 5-3 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on New Year's Day.

The Sun reports how the Belgium international sat out the Blues' FA Cup third round win against Watford and last weekend's victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League, with Petr Cech keeping clean sheets in both matches that he's been asked to deputise.

Cech has been so impressive whilst standing in that Jose Mourinho has no plans to rush Courtois back before he is ready, and is set to consult the club's medical staff before making a decision over the next 24 hours whether the 22-year-old can be risked for the forthcoming trip to Swansea City.

The former Atletico Madrid loanee - who spent three years at the Vicente Calderon before returning to Stamford Bridge in pre-season - has been training with the first-team squad and was named on the bench in each of the previous two games.

However, he would probably be forced to wear a special protective brace to safeguard his damaged right hand at the Liberty Stadium, so Mourinho might well prefer to leave Courtois out until he's made a full recovery.

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Chelsea are currently sat pretty at the top of the Premier League table with a narrow two-point advantage over reigning champions Manchester City heading into this weekend's clash against the Swans, who find themselves in ninth place with a very respectable 30 points from 21 games.

Garry Monk's men will be hoping to make home advantage count after the side from South Wales found themselves on the receiving end of a 4-2 defeat in the reverse fixture in west London back in September.

A Diego Costa hat-trick and late Loic Remy strike condemned Swansea to their first defeat of the 2014/15 campaign, and they'll be looking for payback when they host the Blues at 3pm on Saturday.

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