Van Ginkel: 'After every game I'm feeling better'

After recovering from a serious knee injury, the midfielder is nearing a return to fitness.

Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has said he is feeling better after every game he plays after recovering a knee injury that ruled him out of much of last season.

Van Ginkel was stretchered off during Chelsea's 2-0 win in the League Cup at Brentford in September with a cruciate injury and made a return to action in the under-21 side late on last season.

He has been fit enough for pre-season and is getting some game time. The 21-year-old seems to progressing well.

He told the Chelsea website: "I’m feeling good. The knee is okay. I had a holiday for four weeks and during this time I did some extra stuff for it.

"I have no problems now and after every game I’m feeling better. Playing minutes on the pitch is the most important thing for pre-season so everybody, including myself, is getting fitter."

Prior to his injury, van Ginkel made two short substitute appearances against Hull City and Aston Villa at the start of last season, and was on the bench against both Liverpool and Norwich City towards the end of the campaign.

After such a serious injury at a young age, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may want to ease him back into the action, and as he builds up his fitness he may be given a similar role in the side by making cameo appearances and appearing in cup ties.

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