Marco van Ginkel’s career has been completely derailed by injuries ever since signing with Chelsea five years ago. The most recent, just last week, a ligament tear in his right knee that required surgery, has ruled out him for the season.
It’s a bitter blow after last season’s captaincy and Dutch title on loan at PSV. Van Ginkel had been expected to rejoin them this summer (possibly after a brief once-over from the new head coach), but now both of those possibilities are gone. Still, the 25-year-old is keeping a positive mindset.
In quotes that are a few days old but whose impact will carry him through the next several months, MvG talks about his history of injuries and taking things one day at a time.
“You never know [what is in the future], but I assume that it will be all right. I am always positive. This is the second operation on the right knee after I tore off my cruciate ligament five years ago. Hopefully it will be fine now.”
”We still have to map out the exact route. I am flying to London [today]. And then we will go through a number of things. For the time being I am still walking on crutches. I had known for a while that this would happen, so I was able to set it up. Fortunately I have enough friends and family members who visit me, but in the end I have to do it myself. It is working very hard, but that’s what I’m talking about and I take the time for it. I’m not going to rush anything.”
The surgery was a bit of a surprise after Marco made it through last season practically unscathed, but as it turns out, the situation was far more complicated than that and the decision to go under the knife was a long time coming.
“I have been walking around for three years without a front cruciate ligament and, yes, you actually need them. I could do without it, but it became less and less [viable]. Last season I trained occasionally only at the end of the week. I am still quite young, have it for years to come.
“The championship with PSV and then after that match against Ajax keep the scale up. Because of these developments [with my knee] I already knew that it would not be possible to play in Eindhoven again next season.”
Sounds like the procedure was unavoidable, and sooner or later the proverbial price would have to be paid. So Van Ginkel chose to do it now, at 25, when he still has a chance to come back and not have to contemplate ending his playing career. For now, this allows him to concentrate on the immediate tasks at hand.
“I have not talked about the sporting future with Chelsea either. I still have a contract until mid 2020, so we’ll see. First, [work] hard to rehabilitate.”
-Marco van Ginkel; source: De Telegraaf via Google Translate
In a perfect and gracious world, this will be the last setback Van Ginkel ever experiences as a player. Given his injury history, it probably won’t be. His Chelsea cycle won’t last forever either. But you never know.
Until, good luck in your recovery, Marco!