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Asmir Begovic likely to face Manchester City as Thibaut Courtois' ban is upheld

Thibaut Courtois will miss this weekend's trip to Manchester City after the Football Association rejected Chelsea's appeal for wrongful dismissal.

The Blues began their Premier League title defence with a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea.

Jose Mourinho's side were somewhat fortunate to escape the match with a point, having spent much of the second half reduced to 10 men following Courtois' red card.

The Belgium goalkeeper was sent off after taking down Bafetimbi Gomis, with referee Michael Oliver awarding a spot-kick which the Frenchman slotted home.

Mourinho could not help let slip that he felt officials had "punished" his side.

The FA heard the case yesterday but rejected the appeal, meaning Courtois' one-match ban stands.

"A claim of wrongful dismissal submitted by Chelsea in relation to Thibaut Courtois has been unsuccessful," an FA statement read. Courtois' absence means Asmir Begovic is in line for his full Chelsea debut at the Etihad.

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