Young Dutch star’s season is over, doctors reckon…
Chelsea’s young Dutch midfielder Marco Van Ginkel could be out for the season, after he ruptured his cruciate ligaments in his side’s 2-0 win over Swindon on Tuesday evening, reports the Daily Mail.
The Dutch 20-year-old was stretchered off after only 10 minutes, substituted for Ramires, who was also taken off at half-time with an injury.
While the Brazilian should be ok for the weekend, the news on Van Ginkel is not so good.
Chelsea assistant first team coach Steve Holland said: ‘It’s too early to say, but it doesn’t look good for Marco.
“We’ll have to wait for the results of the scan, but we have at least two casualties from this evening.”
Van Ginkel joined from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer for £8m, but had struggled to impose himself on a team full of experienced, established internationals. He is talented and creative however, and would work well alongside an anchoring midfielder. Jose Mourinho sees him as the long-term Frank Lampard replacement, who will turn 35 in the summer.
Van Ginkel bagged eight in the Dutch leagues last season, and Chelsea fans will hope the midfielder recovers as quickly as possible and starts challenging for a first-team place once again.