Chelsea may have won their Capital One Cup match at Swindon on Tuesday, but they also suffered a major loss as Marco van Ginkel was lost for the season with a knee injury.
Van Ginkel only joined Chelsea in the summer window, but now the young Dutchman will have to wait to make an impact for the Blues. Van Ginkel reportedly tore his ACL during Chelsea’s 2-0 win. He will undergo surgery this week and is likely to miss the rest of the season.
Van Ginkel’s leg twisted awkwardly early in the match. Initially he tried to continue, but was subbed off shortly after. Recovery from a torn ACL usually takes 8-12 months, which means Van Ginkel will probably miss the rest of Chelsea’s season. To make matters worse, it also makes the youngster’s chances of making the Netherlands' World Cup squad virtually impossible.
Obviously, no injury ever comes at a good time, but the injury to the former Vitesse midfielder’s knee leaves Chelsea particularly barren in the holding midfield role. His replacement, Ramires, was also subbed off at half-time with a hip injury.
While Ramires’ injury is not as severe, it leaves boss Jose Mourinho with John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard as the only true holding midfielders for the Blues' Premier League match against local rivals Tottenham on Saturday. David Luiz is another option at the position, but it is yet to be seen if Mourinho trusts the Brazilian in midfield.
Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Van Ginkel.
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