After making his first start against Empoli back in September, the youngster was substituted after just 31 minutes due to a serious injury that kept him out until the end of October. Since returning he was consistently left on the bench by head coach Filippo Inzaghi, before making his second start in the Rossoneri’s 2-0 victory over Udinese - playing almost the full 90 minutes.
Having impressed during the fixture, it was rumoured that van Ginkel would be set for a second chance with Milan, but his hopes were cut short in December, as Sulley Muntari injured the Dutch international during training. The injury was caused by a hard challenge that left van Ginkel and his agent furious with Muntari, but Inzaghi backed his player claiming that it was a fair challenge.
Whilst there were rumours that van Ginkel would be returning to Chelsea before being sent out on loan to another club, with the Blues unhappy with his treatment in Italy, he has remained with Milan for the duration of his return from injury, and Inzaghi has given an update on his recovery, claiming that he will return to action within a week.
“Van Ginkel will be able to play again next week,” the former forward said, indicating the Coppa Italia fixture with Sassuolo on January 13.
However, Inzaghi failed to give any promises to the Dutchman concerning playing time, telling reporters: “I'll have to assess his condition. In the middle of the field we have many, I told him so. I can guarantee games to nobody.”
Should Inzaghi hold with this stance until the end of January, it will come as no surprise to see the youngster return to Stamford Bridge this month, before likely heading back to Vitesse on loan, where he will be guaranteed playing time at his boyhood club.