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.
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.
"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.