Courtois leaves Belgium squad with hamstring injury
Thibaut Courtois will play no part in Belgium's game against Saudi Arabia and must battle to be ready for Chelsea's crunch clash with Spurs.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has withdrawn from Belgium's squad to face Saudi Arabia due to an ongoing hamstring complaint.
Antonio Conte confirmed Courtois was suffering from a "muscular problem" ahead of last weekend's FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester City, although understudy Willy Caballero usually starts domestic cup games.
Courtois joined up with Roberto Martinez's national side but Belgium have confirmed he will continue his rehabilitation with the reigning Premier League champions and play no part in Tuesday's friendly.
"Thibaut Courtois has not recovered from his hamstring injury and left the group," read a statement issued on the team's official Twitter page.
"Roberto Martinez will decide later on who will replace him in goal versus Saudi Arabia.
"Get well soon, Thibaut."
@thibautcourtois has not recovered from his hamstring injury and left the group. R. Martínez will decide later on who will replace him in the goal @saudiFF. Get well soon, Thibaut ! #BELKSA #REDTOGETHER pic.twitter.com/xAt9f1soPw— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) March 25, 2018
Liverpool's Simon Mignolet is favourite to start in Courtois' absence, with uncapped duo Koen Casteels and Matz Sels the other goalkeepers in Martinez's squad.
Chelsea are back in action at home to Tottenham next Sunday – a pivotal fixture in the battle for Champions League qualification, as Conte's men sit five points behind their fourth-placed London rivals in fifth with eight games Premier League games remaining this season.