Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois is confident he can make a December return to action for Blues even as he served gladdening updates about his knee injury.
The Belgium international who has been sidelined since he damaged his knee in training with the Blues last month was in Brussels Tuesday night to see his country beat Israel and reach No 1 in the FIFA world rankings.
“My knee is going well,” he said. “I am doing my rehabilitation and it is going well!
“From Wednesday, I start the hard work with my physio to return as soon as possible . I have to be careful of course not to go too fast. If all goes well, I’ll be back in December.”
While he remains inactive for Chelsea, Courtois will miss friendlies against Italy and Spain next month but aims to return for Euro 2016 preparations in the New Year.
“Now we must be realistic,” he added. “We want to win the Euros. We also know that there will be some very good teams who can win so it will depend on the draw and what happens on the way. Being world No 1?
“Obviously, it feels good but we have to improve further. And then we can fall down the rankings just as quickly.”
Chelsea have conceded eight goals in four Premier League games in the absence of their first choice goal keeper.