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Chelsea hand Italian goalkeeper Marco Amelia trial with the view to sign

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Chelsea appear to be on the verge of signing former AC Milan keeper Marco Amelia on a short-term deal after handing the Italian a trial, reports Sky Sports.

The Blues suffered a major setback recently when Belgium international Thibaut Courtois was ruled out until December at the earliest after damaging the meniscus in his right knee. The injury required immediate surgery.

The towering keeper's back up, Asmir Begovic, bought in the summer from Stoke for £8 million, has since deputised in the absence of Courtois and thoroughly impressed with a string of performances that have arguably saved the champions.

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A goalkeeper crisis looms for Chelsea, though, should anything happen to Bagovic, and as a result, Jose Mourinho invited the former Italy international Amelia for a trial at the club's Cobham Training Ground in a bid to reinforce his options.

After his side's demoralising defeat against Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday, Mourinho was asked if he is interested in signing Brazilian veteran Helton, who does not appear to feature in Porto’s future plans.

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The Portuguese said, according to the Daily Mail: "Helton has a contract with Porto and would only be available in January. We need a goalkeeper now, not in January when Courtois will be available."

Amelia, then, appears the next best option. The 33-year-old left Milan in 2014, making 41 appearances for the club, and had short spells at Rocca Priora and Perugia before being released in February this year.

He was also one of the members of the Italian national team that won the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and would prove to be the ideal back-up option to the aforementioned Begovic on such short notice.

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