Chelsea count Capital One Cup injury cost after Ramires and van Ginkel blows

Chelsea face being without midfielder Marco van Ginkel for the entire season after youngster was substituted during the Capital One Cup win over Swindon Town, the Daily Mail has reported, while Ramires had to be withdrawn at half-time of the 2-0 victory.

Van Ginkel will undergo a scan on Wednesday to determine the injury that forced him off in the first-half but it is feared he has suffered damage to his cruciate ligament. Assistant first team coach Steve Holland admitted that while van Ginkel was still in the early stage of diagnosis, the signs were less than promising. “It’s too early to say, but it doesn’t look good for Marco,” Holland said, adding: “We’ll have to wait for the results of the scan, but we have at least two casualties from this evening.

Ramires, the other casualty to which Holland referred, was brought on in van Ginkel’s place but had to be substituted himself at the interval, with captain John Terry playing the second-half. It is suspected Ramires suffered a hip injury in his 35 minutes on the field, during which he scored the second goal of the game.

Chelsea next play Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, as Jose Mourinho comes up against former colleague and ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

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