The 23-year-old Belgium goalkeeper tore the meniscus of his right knee in training and is likely to be out until December, Press Association Sport understands. A statement from Chelsea read: “Thibaut Courtois underwent surgery yesterday (Thursday) on an avulsion of the posterior corner and medial part of the internal meniscus of his right knee. Press Association Begovic played in the loss at City after Courtois was sent off in the season opener with Swansea and the Bosnian has Mourinho’s confidence. “It’s a big blow, but you will not see me next week speaking again about Thibaut, because I never do when a player is injured,” added Mourinho, who will have Jamal Blackman on the bench. “It’s not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured. “But it’s easy to have one of the best goalkeepers in the world to play. And we have Begovic to play.” Oscar remains out with a knee injury, but could return to contention for next Wednesday’s Champions League campaign opener at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv or the following Saturday against Arsenal. “Almost there,” said Mourinho on the Brazil playmaker. Mourinho declined to discuss Chelsea’s transfer window activity, where Everton rebuffed offers for defender John Stones. “The transfer window is closed. I have no more comments. I have nothing to say,” Mourinho said. “What (Everton boss Roberto) Martinez says for me means nothing. I don’t comment. “John Stones, I expect him to play tomorrow with (Phil) Jagielka, because it’s the normal two central defenders that play for Everton.” Asked if he would shake hands with Martinez at Goodison Park, Mourinho said: “You think that’s important? I don’t think it’s important.” Instead of Stones, Chelsea signed Papy Djilobodji on a recommendation. Mourinho said: “It was not my choice. It was the choice of somebody I trust completely. “I don’t know every player. My job doesn’t allow me to travel, doesn’t allow me to spend hours and hours watching players. “And in some moments of the market, under certain circumstances are moments where you have to trust or not the people that you work with. “In my case I trust, because the same person that told me that Djilobodji can be a good squad player for us, was the same person who told me (about Kurt) Zouma.” Mourinho remains optimistic despite Chelsea’s stuttering start to the season, which saw Crystal Palace inflict defeat last time out. “We are in a title race,” Mourinho said. “In every match we played better than the result. Circumstances of the match gave us results worse than the performance. So I’m positive.” Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be out of action for around three months after undergoing surgery on his right knee. “The successful surgery consisted of a reattachment of the meniscus by suturing.” The operation is understood to have taken place in Spain. Courtois suffered the injury on Wednesday in circumstances boss Jose Mourinho was not familiar with, as it happened during a goalkeeper-specific session. The Blues boss was braced for the bad news, indicating Courtois would be out for “quite a long time” prior to the exact prognosis being revealed. The Barclays Premier League champions will first be without the Belgium goalkeeper for Saturday’s match at Everton, but Asmir Begovic will be required to deputise for some time to come. “Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee,” Mourinho said earlier on Friday. “As a consequence of that he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.” It is another blow for the Blues, who have four points from their opening four games and sit eight points behind leaders Manchester City.
VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie This type of price inflation accompanies LeBron wherever he goes. When he was drafted in 2003 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he went to the Miami Heat in 2010, then back to Cleveland in 2014.The American Enterprise Institute documented the real-life economic impact of LeBron James in May of 2017. The study found that James’ impact raised business within a one-mile radius of the arena (both in Cleveland and Miami) by 13 percent, and raised employment by a staggering 23.5 percent.With the rise of LeBron’s arrival comes the decimation of his departure.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Follow the money, and the money will lead you to the best in the world – LeBron James.Sunday afternoon the NBA’s most coveted free agent reached a four-year, $153.3 million agreement with the Lakers.The economic boom James creates wherever he plays includes sold-out arenas, fully booked restaurants, and sky-rocketing ticket prices.How does James’ now calling Staples Center home affect ticket prices? Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell spoke to Cleveland ticket broker Mark Klang of Amazing Tickets, who anticipated that the tickets he held for next season would lose 60 percent of their value. Klang saw the same deflation the first time James left Cleveland for Miami.“I can’t see it being any different,” Klang told Rovell. “Basketball in the short term here will be worthless.”If a fan is looking to catch a glimpse of James in preseason form, those ticket prices have jumped too. According to Marissa Miller, SEO Coordinator of Vivid Seats, tickets for the preseason game, taking place Sept. 30 against the Denver Nuggets in San Diego tripled from $61 to $188.The NBA season schedule is expected to be released in mid-August. The 2018-19 season will begin in late October. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWithin 20 minutes of LeBron’s agreement, the lowest Lakers season ticket prices on StubHub went from $3,499 to $5,800 per seat.Without knowing the opponent on the Lakers’ opening night at home, StubHub has listed the game as “2018 Home Opener” with tickets starting at $450. By 8 p.m. Sunday night, StubHub’s minimum season ticket price moved again from $5,800 to $6,500. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it