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Asmir Begovic ready for any role amidst Thibaut Courtois return for Chelsea

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Premier League champions Chelsea have had a dismal start to their title defence after losing seven out of their 14 games.

The Blues are 14th in the league standings after managing to salvage a draw against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

However, Chelsea have been boosted by news of Thibaut Courtois' return to training for the first time since being sidelined by a serious knee injury in September.

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Fighting to be fit for the home game against Bournemouth this weekend, the medical staff at Stamford Bridge suggest the Belgian keeper has shown tremendous improvements in recent weeks and they are optimistic Courtois will make the starting line-up.

Nonetheless, Asmir Begovic, who has been deputising in the absence of the 23-year-old has been brilliant for the Blues.

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No problem with bench role

The Bosnian keeper is well aware that once Courtois is available for selection, he could return to the bench but has no qualms in doing so.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Begovic said: “I don’t think about it much, I just take it game by game, my job is to contribute when I play and to be a good team-mate.

"When Thibaut is back, the manager will have to make a decision and I will just concentrate on my job and try to play as many games [as possible].”

It will not be easy for Jose Mourinho as Begovic has, at times, been the best Chelsea player on the pitch, but it is believed Courtois will make the cut ahead of the stand-in keeper.

The 28-year-old also revealed that he would have no problems but would respect whatever decision the Portuguese manager makes regarding the matter.

He added: “I leave all that to the manager, I will respect the decision. I’ll work hard no matter what the circumstances are. I’m a big part of the team, we’ve got so many games that you have just got to concentrate on your job and contribute.”

Begovic signed for the west London outfit this summer despite being first choice for Stoke for the last five years and was well aware he would have to contest with the Belgium international to earn a starting spot.

Return imminent

It was Mourinho who was the first to disclose Courtois' fitness and announced he would be available for selection soon.

The 52-year-old said: “December. Between the first and the last day of December. Things are going normal and the pictures that you have are not Photoshop. He’s training with the team in some exercises,” according to ESPN.

Excellent form

Begovic is proving to be an excellent signing and qualifies as a home-grown player which allows another spot to be filled by foreign talent.

With three clean sheets in the last week, Chelsea are showing glimpses of their former selves with robust defensive displays for which they have been praised time-and-again in past campaigns.

Courtois himself had not been convincing in his four appearances this term - suffering a red card dismissal in the opening day against Swansea before succumbing to injury.

But Mourinho is hopeful he can continue the excellent job Begovic has been doing so far and contribute to Chelsea turning their season around.

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Jose Mourinho
Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois
Asmir Begovic
Premier League
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