Chelsea FC midfielder Marco Van Ginkel was back in training today just five short months after suffering an ACL injury in a Capital One Cup match against Swindon Town. Van Ginkel has not been training with the first team quite yet but he has been working out with the Chelsea physio’s and training with the youth team. The fact that is he is up on his feet, running, and playing football whatsoever is remarkable. That could be attributed to his young age, his first time suffering a major knee injury, and the wonderful medical staff at Chelsea.
Van Ginkel posted the following on his Instagram page:
If he develops the way Chelsea hopes he will, Van Ginkel is seen as the heir apparent to Frank Lampard in central midfield. He is a box to box midfielder that has represented the Netherlands at the senior level and is an exciting young talent. He is the rare player that was transferred from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem to Chelsea and not loaned the other way around. Chelsea only paid £8 million for Van Ginkel but they were likely given a “frequent flyer” discount on account of all the Chelsea youngsters on loan there.
Despite his return to training with the youth team, Van Ginkel will likely not feature in Chelsea’s plans for the rest of the season. The optimal outcome would be for him to eventually return to training with the first team and try and make himself fit and available for the World Cup. If he does end up being selected for the Netherlands then Chelsea supporters worldwide may get a chance to see the youngster on the biggest stage in world football.
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