Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois appears to be edging closer to returning to action after posting two videos on Instagram of himself juggling footballs.
The world-class Belgium international, who has been out of action since early September after injuring his knee, posted one video of himself catching shots and another catching two balls while throwing back another.
In both videos, Courtois was sitting down on a bench - which suggests the knee is still not ready to be exercised just yet - but his handling clearly hasn’t deserted him during his spell on the sidelines. (Scroll down this page to see both videos).
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Courtois is expected to be back in action before Christmas - and Chelsea fans must be counting down the days.
That’s not to say that Asmir Begovic has performed badly over recent weeks, but the Bosnia and Herzegovina isn’t in the same class as his teammate.
For both videos, Courtois posted the caption: “I finished today's rehabilitation session with some good ball exercises! #CFC”
He then received hundreds of messages of encouragement from Chelsea supporters who can’t wait to see the 23-year-old back in action at Stamford Bridge.
Courtois is the world's best goalkeeper
In terms of Premier League goalkeepers, there aren’t many better than Courtois, who won the title in his first proper season with the Blues last term.
In fact, there’s an argument to suggest that Courtois not only pips Manchester United’s David de Gea as the best keeper in England, but also that he is a better all-round goalkeeper than Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.
The 6ft 6in Belgian is certainly less erratic than the German World Cup winner, who produced one world-class save against Arsenal on Tuesday night but ended up costing his team after producing a howler towards the end of the match.
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