Oranje starlet only arrived at Stamford Bridge from Vitesse Arnhem for £8 million in July.
Chelsea fear that young midfield player Marco van Ginkel could be out of action for the entire season after the Dutchman suffered suspected cruciate ligament damage to his knee against Swindon Town on Tuesday night, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The highly rated Netherlands international was making a rare appearance for the west London club at the County Ground in their Capital One Cup third-round clash when he crumbled to the ground clutching his knee midway through the first half under only minimal pressure from an opponent.
Van Ginkel then received treatment and tried to carry on playing, only for the 21-year-old to immediately collapse to the turf once again in agony, before being replaced by Brazil international Ramires, who himself had to be substituted at half-time by Blues skipper John Terry after suffering a hip/gluteal injury.
And Chelsea have now confirmed that van Ginkel will have a scan on the problem at the club’s training base in Cobham on Wednesday to ascertain the full extent of the injury, although the Dutchman has apparently already told friends that he suspects he will now be sidelined for a lengthy period of time, while the club have also conceded in private that they expect their recent new signing to be missing for at least several months.
“It’s too early to say, but it doesn’t look good for Marco,” said Chelsea assistant first-team coach Steve Holland after the match, which the visitors won 2-0.
“We’ll have to wait for the results of the scan, but we have at least two casualties from this evening.”