Chelsea hand trial to former Italian international goalkeeper Marco Amelia

Chelsea have given a trial to former AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia as manager Jose Mourinho looks to bring in some experienced cover for the injured Thibaut Courtois, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Courtois sustained a knee injury recently, and after undergoing surgery he is expected to be on the sidelines until December, leaving just Asmir Begovic and youngster Jamal Blackman to deputise in his absence.

The Telegraph state that Mourinho has so far been pleased with the form of Begovic, who joined the club over the summer from Stoke City, and will keep the Bosnian international as his first choice until Courtois returns.

However, Mourinho is also said to be concerned about what would happen if Begovic also picked up an injury, prompting him to take a closer look at Amelia as a more experienced option.

Having made a name for himself with Livorno at the start of his career, Amelia, 33, earned a move to AC Milan in 2010 following spells with Palermo and Genoa, but in four years at the San Siro he made just 41 appearances across all competitions.

Since leaving Milan in 2014 he spent time with amateur side Rocca Priora as well as Perugia in Serie B, and had since been linked with Arsenal (via Telegraph).

He collected nine caps with the Italian national side throughout his career, becoming another goalkeeper unable to dislodge Gigi Buffon from the number one spot.

As he is a free agent, Chelsea are able to bring him on board straight away and would face no squad restrictions as The Blues only registered 19 players over the age of 21, meaning they have four spaces left to fill.

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