Chelsea morning news: 'No struggle' over Courtois says Mourinho; Cahill faces fitness test

All the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge this morning.

Jose Mourinho appears to have put to bed any rumours about the future of Thibaut Courtois.

Reports in Spain yesterday suggested he might be ready to stay in Madrid - switching Atletico for Real on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

However the Belgian number one is regarded as one of the best in world football and Chelsea would be remiss to let him go.

And the Portuguese coach seems to agree:

“I believe so; I don’t think he will be loaned out. We don’t struggle to keep him because he has two more years on his contract. I don’t need to give any assurances to any player. A player that has a contract with Chelsea has a contract with Chelsea. Chelsea has Petr Cech, Courtois and Schwarzer. We are in a good condition.”

Jose Mourinho believes that Chelsea midfielder Oscar is suffering with fatigue. The Brazilian international has struggled for form recently after an excellent start to the season.

He has played a lot of games this term - and now it seems Mourinho might be ready to keep him on the fringes:

"Maybe in the last couple of matches he was not the same, because in the beginning of the season he was the best player in the team…The talent is there all the time, but the physical top condition to express the quality he has is not always there. We have to take care of him. He's a young boy. He's not a natural physically strong man, suffers with the accumulation of matches, suffers with the difficult weather we had."

Team news now - as kick off between Chelsea and Everton looms ever closer.

John Terry returns from injury - but there are concerns over who will fill in at centre back next to him.

Gary Cahill faces a fitness test this morning while David Luiz is out with a hip injury.

Branislav Ivanovic is one option, with Ashley Cole coming in and Cesar Azpilicueta moving to right-back, and Nemanja Matic is also capable of playing in the central defensive role.

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