Mourinho: Feeling better
news Fri 4 Dec 2015
Three players remain out injured but Jose Mourinho delivered good news at Cobham this afternoon revealing Thibaut Courtois is fully fit and available for selection.
The goalkeeper has been sidelined since early September with a knee injury sustained in training that required surgery, but has gradually worked his work back to full fitness and could start tomorrow’s game at home to Bournemouth.
Mourinho explained at his pre-match press conference at Cobham that he was unable to say whether Courtois would return to the starting XI for the first time since August. John Terry, Ramires and Falcao are three he will not be able to pick.
‘I was hoping everybody would be fit but it’s not possible,’ the manager began.
‘John, Ramires and Falcao are still out. Courtois is selected. I haven’t told them who is starting, they must be the ones to know but he is selected in the group. I have to make a decision but clearly sooner or later he will be number one, so if he doesn’t play against Bournemouth he will play against Porto.
‘He was our goalkeeper all last season and we know how fundamental he was for us so it’s very important we have him back.
‘To lose your number one for three months, something like 19 matches in all competitions without the best goalkeeper in the world, was hard for us. It’s been a long, long time, too long, but now we feel better.
‘We have him, we have [Asmir] Begovic, [Marco] Amelia and [Jamal] Blackman and now we are safe. We are again in a super position where we have the best and a very good one.’
As we prepare to play our first match of the final month of the year, Mourinho is hopeful we can maintain the good form we have shown in recent weeks and pick up another positive result when Eddie Howe’s side travel to the Bridge tomorrow.
‘We hope the bad run is behind us now,’ the manager said. ‘I have to be cautious and you don’t know what is waiting for you around the corner. The reality is the run was really bad but we were very strong as a club – the technical staff and the squad of players – to cope with that and try to get over it.
‘We started doing that with bad results but good performances. We kept our faith, our stability, and our belief.
‘Finally last week we got three positive results in a row and let’s try to build on that. This month of December can be a good month. We play four matches at home, three in the Premier League and one in the Champions League.
‘We go away to two of the top three teams, Man United and Leicester, the kind of matches you want to play because you have nothing to lose and everything to win. December can be a good month.’