Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was carried off the field on a stretcher by the club's medical team after landing awkwardly on his leg midway through the second half versus Manchester United. The young centerback was in visible pain after the injury occurred and was unable to walk off on his own.
Zouma leaps to clear a ball in the air, ad lands horribly. Clearly a bad one that. Team-mates calling for the stretcher.— Dan Levene (@danlevene) February 7, 2016
Replay shows Zouma landed with weight thrown forward over his kneecap. Looks like a knee ligaments injury. If so, that could be his season.— Dan Levene (@danlevene) February 7, 2016
It's never proper etiquette to speculate on injuries, but anyone who has been around the sport of football knows that knee injuries with this sort of severity are never a good thing.
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink gave no update on the injury after the match, only to ask fans to wait until a proper diagnosis is given after a scan tomorrow before panicking. He later added that he's hopeful the Zouma won't be out for the rest of the season.
Guus says Zouma will have a scan tomorrow. He is hopeful he won't be out for the rest of the season. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 7, 2016
If Zouma is lost for any sort of time, the club will be down to John Terry and Gary Cahill as the only proven centerbacks in the squad, with newly-signed 20-year-old Matt Miazga waiting in the wings if needed for depth.
We'll just have to wait and see and hope for the best possible diagnosis come tomorrow.