Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea concerned Thibaut Courtois won’t be fit to face Tottenham

Chelsea are concerned that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not be fit enough to face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, according to the Telegraph.

The Belgian has been struggling with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the club’s FA Cup win over Leicester City and at this stage in time, he looks set to miss the club’s crucial London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Tottenham forward Harry Kane is doing everything possible to prove he is fit enough to be named in Tottenham’s match day squad in West London.

Courtois’ concern and Spurs’ Kane gain

Thibaut Courtois

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea misses his sides second penalty in the penalty shoot out during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Willy Caballero is on standby with Courtois having been unable to train properly all week.

In the past, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has proven to be notoriously cautious with players who have been unable to prove their fitness, meaning it is likely that the 25-year-old will start on the bench.

On the other hand, Kane has returned to training for Tottenham and is doing everything in his power to prove to Mauricio Pochettino that he is ready to return versus Chelsea.

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Three weeks ago, during Spurs’ 4-1 win over Bournemouth on the South Coast, the 24-year-old was seen clutching his ankle following a collision with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, with the player subsequently being diagnosed with ligament damage.

The player has made significant progress during that time and is in contention to face the Blues.

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.