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Van Ginkel’s series of unfortunate events continues with latest season-ending surgery

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The Chelsea midfielder is set to miss 8 months, or basically the entire season after successful knee surgery on Tuesday

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As announced by Chelsea yesterday, Marco van Ginkel’s surgery to repair and “reconstruct” his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has been successful. The 25-year-old also had some cartilage repaired in the knee (“chondral damage”). That’s the good news.

The bad news is that recovery is expected to take “approximately eight months”, but as we’ve seen with other ACL injuries, could very well take longer. Either way, Van Ginkel’s season is over before it has even started.

It’s yet another tremendous setback for a career dominated by injuries ever since his arrival at Chelsea in 2013.

Wulfert Cornelius van Ginkel, just 20 years old at the time, was one of the very first signings of the Second José Mourinho era (for a measly €9m), and the Dutch Young Player of the Year (and still the only player to move from Vitesse to Chelsea, rather than the usual way around) seemed destined for great things. But just one month into the season, in his fourth appearance and second start, he ruptured his ACL, and things would never be the same again.

In the five years since, Van Ginkel barely managed 100 total appearances across five different loan moves (a third of those appearances coming just in the last twelve months), while collecting several more knee injuries, some minor, some severe, some fixable, some nagging. He had been expected to re-join PSV this summer, either on loan or on a permanent basis after captaining (!) them to an Eredivisie title last season, but that’s obviously not happening now. That this injury comes on the heels of the best season of his career (both in terms of steady fitness and goalscoring), is especially cruel and tragic.

There had been some hope that MvG would get a shot to prove himself at Chelsea this preseason (provided he still wanted to try that), but now, instead, it’s time to persevere once again.

All the best and a speedy recovery, Marco!