There are conflicting reports over the seriousness of the knee injury sustained by Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with one newspaper claiming he could be out for up to four months.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo says that Courtois went under the knife in Barcelona yesterday and won't play again in 2015.
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Regardless of the truth, what is for sure is that the injury is much worse than previously thought. According to Ashton, swelling around the knee has prevented a full diagnosis, but Chelsea's medical team have already warned Jose Mourinho that he could be without his No1 shot stopper until late November.
The Sky Sports Sunday Supplement host does, however, claim that ligament damage has been ruled out, something that Mundo Deportivo do not.
Their report actually addresses the conflicting reports in Britain, saying that the local press are still unaware of Courtois' trip to Barcelona to undergo surgery with a world-class knee specialist.
Whether it is one month or four, the news will come as a further blow to Chelsea's title chances. Mourinho is under mounting pressure after seeing his team win just one of their opening four games. It leaves them eight points adrift of current leaders Manchester City.
It also highlights the club's decision to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal in the summer. Mourinho had openly stated that he did not want the deal to go through, but accepted it was the honourable decision.
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