Marco van Ginkel’s comeback after nearly a thousand days of knee injury-hell on the sidelines continues slowly over in the Netherlands. The Chelsea loanee has now collected seven appearances since January, all from the bench, including this weekend in the 2-0 win over VVV-Venlo that kept PSV in second on goal difference, well behind runaway leaders Ajax.
It’s a far cry from where he was before the injury in terms of importance to the team, but it’s certainly decent progress after such a long and arduous injury battle. PSV head coach Roger Schmidt is hoping that the 28-year-old can keep that going.
“Marco is in good shape now. Our medical staff has done an excellent job and guided him well, I think. He hasn’t played for a long time and now no more problems. He didn’t play much anymore, but when he did you saw progress. He can now show his qualities and he has them, because Marco has already won a great career and titles.”
“[He] is important to us, but if you want to show leadership you also have to play matches. He has the potential and I have no doubt he can lead the team. It’s a matter of building up.”
There’s no doubt about Van Ginkel’s grit, determination, and fighting spirit, but the body’s physical limitations can unfortunately still overrule those qualities. But if MvG keeps improving, he could yet play an important role for PSV once again, perhaps next season?
Schmidt certainly ins’t ruling out that possibility.
“That’s certainly possible. It was a long way to get him back to where he is today. It also depends on his future situation and Chelsea’s plan, where he is under contract. The most important thing now is to focus on playing matches and then we see how it goes.”
-Roger Schmidt; source: ED via Google Translate
The way Schmidt’s talking, it sounds like Van Ginkel’s contract at Chelsea isn’t expiring at the end of the season, as previously believed. Perhaps we triggered another extension, to ensure that he has a solid base from which to keep rehabbing and keep looking for a place to resurrect his once highly promising football career.
Either way, PSV still seems the best such option for him, so hopefully things can work out for next season as well.