Kurt Zouma is hopeful that the knee injury he sustained against Manchester United is not season-ending.
It was feared the injury would rule the defender out not just for the rest of the season, but for this summer’s European Championships, where Zouma was planning to represent France.
The 21-year-old landed awkwardly in the second half of Sunday’s game and required the help of a stretcher to leave the pitch.
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Zouma was quoted in the Mirror as telling French newspaper L’Equipe: “It is better. We will see, I heard something but I feel better.
“Tomorrow (Monday), I will undergo tests and we will know more.”
Zouma, who was screaming in pain following the injury, was seen using crutches after the game.
His injury calls into question the John Terry contract saga. The 35-year-old admitted after Chelsea’s FA Cup win against MK Dons that the club were not planning to renew his contract and would allow the captain to leave in the summer.
But, with Zouma injured, Terry will surely be given another year at the club he made his debut for in 1998.
It would be a risk for Chelsea to assume the Frenchman will return from his injury playing at the same high standard he has reached this campaign.
Plus, January signing Matt Miazga, 20, isn’t ready for the Premier League and Gary Cahill has regressed significantly.
Zouma has flourished
Zouma has provided a bright spark in an otherwise disappointing season for Chelsea. He has developed well playing alongside Terry and possesses pace and strength - two requisite skills for a Premier League defender.
The youngster signed for the Blues from St Etienne in 2014 for a fee of £12 million. He has started 21 of Chelsea’s 25 league games this season.