Thibaut Courtois apologised to his Chelsea teammates and the club’s fans on Twitter after his red card against Swansea City on Saturday.
The Belgium international was sent off early in the second half of the 2-2 draw after tripping up Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis.
Some pundits - including Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp - believed the decision was harsh on Courtois. But the 23-year-old took full responsibility for his actions after the match.
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“2-2 , red card, not the start I expected,” Courtois said on Twitter. “Sad to let the team down on that moment. They fought really hard till the end to win this game !”
Courtois, who won the Premier League title in his first proper season at Chelsea last term, received many replies from forgiving Blues’ supporters telling the world-class goalkeeper not to worry too much.
Chance for Asmir Begovic
However, Courtois is now suspended for Chelsea’s next match - and they don’t come much tougher than Manchester City away at the Etihad Stadium.
Jose Mourinho will now be even more relieved he secured the services of Bosnia & Herzegovina international Asmir Begovic over the summer.
The former Stoke City number one came on for Courtois against Swansea and will start against Manuel Pellegrini’s men in Manchester next weekend.
Begovic now has an opportunity to establish himself as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper - although the brilliant Courtois should return to the starting line-up for the Blues’ third Premier League match of the 2015-16 campaign against West Brom on August 23.
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