Semi-forgotten Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel, who for all intents and purposes is a PSV Eindhoven player these days, just as he’s been for most of the last two years since first joining them on loan in January 2016, has been putting together another excellent season for the Eredivisie title-favorites, but the good times are once again being threatened by injuries.
At just 25, Van Ginkel’s already had five (5!) knee injuries, including a torn ACL just a few months into his Chelsea career, that never quite recovered from that setback. The recurrence of that injury, as well as other ailments, has meant that Van Ginkel has missed significant time in four of the last five seasons. Now, there are fresh worries about him, which could even rule him out for the rest of the season, as per a report from Voetbal International.
Van Ginkel started to report discomfort on his knee at the start of 2018, having already missed PSV’s away match versus Heracles Almelo. He has been able to take part in training and even got on the pitch as a starter in games against PEC Zwolle and Twente in recent times. But he has also missed three others this month (Excelsior, Sparta Rotterdam and SC Heerenveen). PSV and Van Ginkel recently sought medical advice for the problem, and now everyone’s waiting around with baited breath.
The hope is that the discomfort is nothing too serious, but given his injury history, that may not be the likely outcome. While Van Ginkel’s chance to “make it” at Chelsea surely has passed, he’s proven repeatedly to be one of the best players in the Eredivisie and it would be rather sad if he had to experience yet another injury setback.