Jose Mourinho has refused to be drawn on whether Chelsea would look to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan if the untested Jamal Blackman becomes the only fit number one.
A “long-term” knee injury to first choice Thibaut Courtois means Asmir Begovic will get an extended run in the side, with 21-year old Blackman on the bench.
Academy product Blackman has yet to play for the Blues, with his only first-team appearance coming for Middlesbrough against Liverpool in the League Cup during a loan spell last season.
When asked if he would sign a new keeper should Begovic get injured, Mourinho said: “I would prefer not to think about that.
“Our decision was the third choice would be a young English goalkeeper and we think it is a normal decision and a good decision.
“Now Jamal becomes the second. He didn’t play one match in the Premier League or in the Championship but he has good potential.”
Mourinho added: “The third goalkeeper is always a complicated situation.
“You can be third and not sit on bench all season but you can play a big game. In my first spell Hilario played against Barcelona in the Champions League and he was the third goalkeeper.”