Premier League - Chelsea's van Ginkel faces six months out of action

Chelsea's Dutch international midfielder Marco van Ginkel could be out of action for six months after knee surgery on Thursday.

Reuters
Premier League - Chelsea's van Ginkel faces six months out of action
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Marco van Ginkel

The 20-year-old Dutchman injured his anterior cruciate ligament during the first half of a Capital One (League) Cup match at Swindon on Tuesday. Chelsea said in a statement that the surgery had been successful.

Van Ginkel, who joined the west Londoners in July from Vitesse Arnhem on a five-year contract, has made only two starts under manager Jose Mourinho.

He made his senior international debut last November and the layoff will be a blow to his hopes of selection for next year's World Cup in Brazil. Louis van Gaal's Dutch side have already qualified for the finals.

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