Marcos Alonso delivers potentially worrying Chelsea news ahead of Tottenham

Marcos Alonso has suggested that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not be fit enough to face Tottenham Hotspur in Chelsea’s biggest game of the season.

The Belgian has been struggling with a hamstring injury and has been unable to train properly this week, according to manager Antonio Conte.

However, the Spanish full-back believes that back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero will be ready to step in to replace Courtois should the 25-year-old be unable to play.

Confidence in Caballero

This week, Alonso joined an illustrious group of players by becoming the third generation in his family to have represnted his counrty in the sport.

Upon retruning to London, the full-back is now gearing up for his next challenege as Chelsea take on Tottenham in a fixture that could determine which club will be playing in the Champions League next season.

On Sunday, Chelsea could be doing battle without Courtois, however, Alonso insists that they can cope, with Argentine keeper Caballero set to step in.

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Alonso told ChelseaFC.com:

“He’s played some really good games this year, in the league and cup. 

“We will see if Thibaut can make it and if not Willy will be ready.

“He’s going through a good moment, he played two games with the national team and I guess his confidence is high.”

Chelsea vs Tottenham preview

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball while under pressure from Willian of Chelsea and Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

2018 has so far been a tough year for Antonio Conte, with his Chelsea side sliding out of both the top-four and Europe.

The West Londoners are currently sat 5th in the Premier League and must make up a five-point gap on Spurs as they attempt to qualify for Champions League football next season.

Over recent years, Chelsea have proven just how much this fixture means to them, with the Blues always managing to find a way to frustrate Spurs, whatever their form and Sunday is likely to be no exception.

Last season, this fixture helped Chelsea to build the foundations to go on and clinch the Premier League title ahead of Tottenham.

This time, avoiding defeat for Spurs is a must in order to prevent a late surge for the top-four from the Blues.

1990 was the year Spurs last won at the Bridge – a period in which has seen them endure 18 defeats and nine draws.

Read 101 Great Goals’ full match preview here.