Thibaut Courtois explains how he suffered strange bloodshot eye injury

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Thibaut Courtois made headlines this week even though he was on the bench for Belgium's international friendly against the Netherlands.

That's after the Chelsea goalkeeper was spotted sporting a nasty looking eye injury during the 1-1 draw on Wednesday night. 

Speaking after the game, Courtois attempted to calm down Chelsea fans freaking out on social media by tweeting that he'd had the issue for two weeks. Now the 24-year-old has revealed exactly how it happened and it doesn't sound pleasant.

In comments relayed by the Dail Mail on Friday, the Belgium shot-stopper made clear that he would be available for his country's World Cup qualifier against Estonia on Sunday. 

And, in doing so, explained that it was a violent bout of illness after a recent Premier League game against Southampton that has left his left eye looking worse for wear.

"I didn't feel well and was sick and burst a vessel," he said. "It's one of those things that looks worse than it is."

"It was alright when it first happened because people thought it was for Halloween."

The Belgium number one didn't expand on just what was wrong in the hours following the Southampton game to cause such a violent sickness. 

Fortunately, though, it doesn't look like the nasty looking ailment is going to keep him off the field moving forward.

Playing through it

Indeed, Courtois actually played with the bloodshot eye in Chelsea's most recent fixture - their 5-0 win over Everton last weekend - but it wasn't until he left for international duty that people took notice.

"It doesn't look so good now," he continued. "It won't stop me playing. It's not a problem in that sense."

Although they might be a bit worried to discover their 'keeper was being violently sick just hours after keeping goal back on October 30, they will be happy to hear there are no long-term repercussions.

Courtois has been in sensational form in recent weeks, keeping 11 straight clean sheets for club and country, as the Blue have risen to second in the Premier League table. 

Focusing on form

Had the Belgian been ruled out of action because the bloodshot eye was affecting his vision the momentum Antonio Conte's side is currently enjoying would undoubtedly have taken a hit.

Instead, Courtois is focussing on the positives after overcoming a disappointing start to the campaign.

"At the start of the season, they said I was statistically saving the least amount of shots,' he smiled.

"I didn't think I was doing that badly, there wasn't a lot I could have done about most of the goals going in."

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