Chelsea and AC Milan have been dealt a huge blow after it was reported that young midfielder Marco Van Ginkel could be out of action for up to two months after suffering another ankle injury.
The highly rated Dutch starlet is currently on loan at Italian club AC Milan and the club have reported the player could be out of action until 2015 after sustaining an ankle injury from a tackle by team mate Sulley Muntari during training.
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani said “I am really sorry for Van Ginkel”
“What a pity. After 30 years of watching training sessions, I know that he is a player with a great talent.
“We hope he will recover as soon as possible and that he is able to showcase his talent. He has extraordinary feet, he is a good person and intelligent. All my best wishes for him for a speedy recovery in order to give a helping hand in our team.”
Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi also expresses his disappointment at the player’s injury.
“It’s a shame. It was a hard challenge but not premeditated, Inzaghi said.
“The first one to apologise was Sulley. If we didn’t train as intensely as we do, then we wouldn’t win games. It wasn’t a killer tackle, otherwise I would have intervened.
“We are disappointed because we lose a player that would have played and who was going through a good spell.
“Our thoughts are with Marco, it’s sad to see him leave with crutches.”
This will be the second time Van Ginkel would be injuring his ankle since moving to AC Milan on loan from Chelsea in the summer. He picked up an ankle injury earlier in the season in his first appearance for the club against Empoli back in September.
Marco’s young career has been blighted with injuries lately. The player who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2013 in a fee of around 8 million from Eredevisie side Vitesse Arnhem was forced to miss large proportions of 2013/14 season as well as the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for Chelsea against Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup in September 2013.
He has only represented Chelsea four times since joining the club. His injury last season at the club meant he didn’t see much action or break in into the team.
Abundance of talents especially in the midfield area enabled Jose Mourinho loan him out to AC Milan at the start of current season to get more playing time. That plan however, seem not to be going as expected as injury has not allowed the player to play at his full potential at his new club.
News of recent injury will come as a huge blow to the player, the parent club Chelsea and AC Milan. Chelsea and the player would have wanted to use the loan opportunity to see the player get more game time and develop his game in a higher and relatively competitive league than the Eredevisie.
Chelsea could have the player return to London to get a better treatment for his injury before returning to Italy to complete his loan. Marco is an intelligent player and has the potentials to be one of the best midfielders in time to come. Even at his tender age he has shown his qualities which have seen him draw attention from big clubs and a call up to the Dutch national team.
Everyone (Chelsea, AC Milan and the player himself) will hope he gets over this injury and forge a good career at Chelsea and become of the best in his position in no distant time.