Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois receiving intensive treatment as he bids to recover from ankle problem

Rhod Cannon
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had to play through the pain barrier during his side's FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham, but insists his ankle injury won't be a problem when he lines up to face Southampton on Tuesday night (25 April).

Courtois missed Chelsea's recent 2-0 defeat by Manchester United after suffering an ankle injury on the set of a basketball commercial and had to grin and bear the pain as the Blues booked their place in the FA Cup final.

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The former Atletico Madrid goalie revealed that he is undergoing intensive treatment in a bid to recover from the knock as soon as possible and is hoping that he will soon be able to get through a game without support on the injury.

"When I had to kick the ball against Tottenham, there was a bit [of pain]," the Chelsea star told the London Evening Standard. "Obviously I had to stand on my right foot, which was not easy at times.

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"But when you play with adrenaline, you feel good and you forget. I will get more treatment like I have for the last week – where I was with the physios from 10am in the morning till 5pm in the evening at Cobham. Tuesday won't be a problem. I'm getting better every day, so hopefully soon I will be able to play without a strap [on the ankle]."

Courtois, who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2011 before being swiftly farmed out on loan to Atletico for three years, has enjoyed a near-immaculate bill of health season, with the defeat against Manchester United the only league game he has missed during the entirety of the campaign.

The towering 24-year-old will hope he can come through Chelsea's match against Southampton unscathed, and is eager to help Antonio Conte's men widen the gap between them and second-placed Tottenham to seven points with a victory at Stamford Bridge.

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