AC Milan midfielder Marco van Ginkel has suffered an ankle injury which is likely to see him sidelined for at least a month, the club have announced.
The Dutchman, who is on a season-long loan at the San Siro from Premier League side Chelsea, was taken off on Tuesday night during their 2-2 draw with Empoli, and since then the club have announced the severity of the injury.
Van Ginkel has sprained his ankle whilst also doing ligament damage, meaning he is likely to miss up to four weeks, which will see him miss four Serie A matches at his new club.
The 21-year-old will miss games against Cesena, Chievo, Verona and Fiorentina, but could be in line to return on October 29, when Milan travel to Cagliari.
Milan, who are currently sixth in Serie A after picking up seven points from their first four games, released the following statement on their official website:
"AC Milan announces that in the game against Empoli, Marco van Ginkel sprained his right ankle and has suffered some ligament damage.
"It is at this stage unclear how long he will be out for."
Despite not confirming how long exactly the midfielder will be out for, it's widely believed that it will roughly take a month for him to return to full-fitness and return to first-team football.
Van Ginkel agreed to join the Italian side on loan from Chelsea after failing to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho.
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