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Thibaut Courtois tweets after images of horrific bloodshot eye emerge

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Fans of Chelsea and Belgium might have been fearing the worst after Roberto Martinez picked Simon Mignolet to start in goal for Wednesday night's friendly against Holland.

Resting first choice goalkeepers for seemingly meaningless friendlies isn't exactly new but when images of Thibaut Courtois on the bench during the game emerged, there were more than a few people a bit concerned.

That's because Chelsea's No.1 appeared to be suffering from a rather gruesome eye injury which might have been the actual reason behind his omission from the starting XI.

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As you can see by the tweet below, Courtois' left eye looks an absolute state. To say it is a bit bloodshot might possibly be the biggest understatement of the year.

Even though Courtois was still considered fit enough to take a place on the bench, you can understand why some might have feared the problem could prompt some time away from the pitch.

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However, the 24-year-old has eased concerns by claiming the issue - that appears to be some form of infection - does not impact his ability to play in a post on his official Twitter account.

"Everything's ok with my eye, had it for 2 weeks and doesn't effect my goalkeeping," he wrote.

Cue a giant sigh of relief around Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian shot-stopper has looked in much better form this season after a difficult 2015/16 campaign.

Five consecutive clean sheets have put Courtois back in the reckoning to be considered one of the best keepers in the league while Chelsea have also restored themselves as serious contenders for the title.

Meanwhile, his deputy last night, Mignolet, was kept fairly busy in Courtois' absence.

The Liverpool keeper was unable to keep out Davy Klaassen's penalty, having already wiped out Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen with a challenge after coming out to punch a ball clear.

Janssen suffered a concussion and had to be substituted shortly after. Later, Danny Blind revealed he actually suffered 20 minutes of memory loss as a result of the collision.

Yannick Carrasco rescued a draw with a late deflected strike and attention now turns to the Red Devils' World Cup qualifier against Estonia on Sunday.

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