Marco van Ginkel’s first season at Chelsea has been wrecked by a knee ligament injury which will rule out the midfielder for around nine months and has ended his hopes of playing for Holland at next summer’s World Cup.
Scans confirmed day that Van Ginkel tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the opening 10 minutes of Chelsea’s Capital One Cup victory at Swindon Town. The lengthy absence is a cruel blow to the £9m summer signing from Vitesse Arnhem and a significant one for Chelsea’s manager, José Mourinho, too.
The 20-year-old is highly rated by Mourinho and could have expected to feature regularly in his debut season. His absence limits Chelsea’s options in central midfield, where only Frank Lampard is a similar type of player.