Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has said that Willy Caballero will be ready to deputise for Thibaut Courtois against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Belgian goalkeeper is doubtful for Sunday’s game at the Stamford Bridge after missing the 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester City as well as the Red Devils’ 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia earlier in the week with an hamstring injury.
Manager Antonio Conte issued an update on Courtois and defender Andreas Christensen’s fitness ahead of the London derby earlier in the week.
“We have to check very well this couple of situations, Courtois and Christensen,” he told reporters at his pre-match press conference from the club’s training ground at Cobham on Thursday.
“We’ll see which is the real physical condition, if they’re able to play on Sunday against Tottenham. At this moment for me it’s very difficult to tell you with accuracy which is my choice for Sunday because we have to check these two situations.”
Should Courtois lose his race to be fit, then Caballero – signed from Manchester City on a free transfer last summer – will retain his place in between his sticks in what would be only only his second Premier League appearance for the club.
Despite being limited to largely cup appearances this season, Alonso believes the 36-year-old will be up to the task if called upon after making his Argentina debut during the international break.
“He’s played some really good games this year, in the league and cup,” Alonso told the club’s official website. “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.”
The Blues currently trail Mauricio Pochettino’s side by five points in the race to seal a top four spot, meaning anything but maximum points would severely dent the home side’s chances of playing in the Champions League next season.