Injury prone Chelsea loanee plays down latest blow

Marco van Ginkel has cleared up rumours of another long lay-off, this time with an ankle injury.

Marco Van Ginkel’s first season at Chelsea did not exactly go to plan. The Dutch international was snapped up in July of last year for a fee in the region of £8 million from Vitesse Arnhem.

Jose Mourinho was said to be a big fan of the young maestro - and used him at the start of the Premier League campaign. He came on as a second half substitute against Hull City and Aston Villa in the early Premier League sparring and also featured against FC Basel in the Champions League.

But toward the end of September 2013 his season and World Cup dream was said to be finished - after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a League Cup game against Swindon Town.

He missed the majority of the campaign and with the future in mind Chelsea sent him out on loan this campaign, joining Italian giants AC Milan on loan for the 2014-15 season.

But a year after his last injury turmoil it looked as though, once again, he was set to spend a formidable amount of time out injured. Van Ginkel went down holding his ankle during AC Milan's 2-2 draw with Empoli.

It looked as though he was set for another season of injury turmoil, but he has now confirmed that he will not be out of action for too long:

"The joint popped a little. At first I tried to play through but it didn’t feel right. Fortunately my injury is not too bad and I hope to be back in a few weeks.”

Good news as it looks like van Ginkel will be out of action for about a month, and not the eight months he missed last campaign.

So he can soon continue his development in Italy.

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