After spending months in recovery from a knee injury sustained in the summer, Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel finally found his way back onto the pitch on Monday, in Chelsea U23's match against Everton U23 in the Premier League 2. He successfully completed a 60-minute stint alongside Kurt Zouma, yet another Blues youngster who has recently recovered from a knee injury — although Zouma's problem kept him off the field for much longer.
Last season, Van Ginkel had an impressive six months at PSV Eindhoven, helping the Dutch team to their 23rd Eredivisie title. Rumours linking van Ginkel to a return to the club had been looming ever since, but the injury put them on hold. Now that he's close to full fitness, the 23-year-old discussed the chances of him returning to PSV in January.
"Whether that’s on the agenda, I don’t know. PSV have quite a lot of midfielders at the moment and at the moment I am not thinking about the winter window. I first want to be completely fit again."
"Of course I would be lying that I have forgotten about it; it was a great half-a-season for me and PSV. [I'm still in touch with the club], but it doesn’t mean that I will return to PSV."
-Marco van Ginkel; Source: Voetbal International via Inside Futbol
At the moment, PSV stands in third place in the Eredivisie table with 24 points from 11 matches, and five points behind Feyenoord who are currently topping the league. PSV were able to keep most of their core players from their title winning campaign last season, only having to let go of former Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma (he joined Wolfsburg on a €11.5 million transfer) and sending Van Ginkel himself back to Chelsea.
Although this is not Van Ginkel's main focus at the moment, a return to PSV, provided they have have room and need for him, could once again do wonders for both him and the club.