What a change! Chelsea's Marco van Ginkel selected for World Cup training camp

Marco Van Ginkel

Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has been called into Holland's World Cup training camp after an injury-ravaged season.

Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has been called into Holland's training camp ahead of this summer's World Cup in Brazil as a replacement for the injured Jurgen Locadia.

It is a huge turnaround for a player who suffered knee ligament damage in September, following his £8million move to Stamford Bridge from Vitesse Arnhem.

Back in January van Ginkel somewhat ambitiously said he was targeting a place at Brazil 2014. And yet despite appearing in just four under-21 matches since his return, he has now been named among those players Louis van Gaal will take a long hard look at prior to making his final decision about who will make it onto the plane. 

It is a remarkable change of fortune for Chelsea's forgotten man, and one that shows the power of positive thinking even in the midst of a major injury blow.  

Van Ginkel has been on the Chelsea bench for their last two league matches against Liverpool and Norwich City, and it will be interesting to see if he makes an appearance in the Blues' final game of the season on Sunday.

He still has a lot to prove before he gets to football's most famous competition, and yet whatever happens, he should be praised for turning his season on its head in such a small space of time.

 

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