Chelsea suffer Ramires injury blow

Ramires has been ruled out for at least four weeks after suffering a medial knee ligament injury in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup fourth round, BBC Sport reports. The injury came into the second half and the Chelsea midfielder was taken off on a stretcher.

The Brazilian has made 25 appearances for Chelsea so far this season, scoring eight goals, and has become an integral part of the Blues first-team. Ramires was injured blocking a shot from QPR defender Clint Hill and will have an MRI scan today to find out the extent of the injury. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says that he hopes an operation will not be necessary.

Villas-Boas said: ‘Ramires looks like a medial ligament injury, not so bad in terms of knee injuries. He will have an MRI tomorrow and we will know the full extent. Hopefully he will avoid an operation and be back soon. We could look at four weeks, but we have to know the extent of the injury to give a good assessment.’

Midfielder Frank Lampard is expected to return from his calf problem to face Swansea on Tuesday, which will be a much needed boost to Villas-Boas. New signing Gary Cahill was on the bench once again at Loftus Road and will be hoping he is in contention to start at the Liberty Stadium.

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