Chelsea FC midfielder Marco van Ginkel has been selected to Holland’s training camp ahead of the World Cup. Head coach Louis van Gaal has so far only selected domestic players but van Ginkel has been the first player plying his trade in a foreign league to be called up. Van Ginkel has not featured for the Chelsea first team since tearing his ACL early on in the season but has played for the Chelsea U21 team. He has made a remarkable recovery in such a short amount of time and it is wonderful for the youngster to be called up to the teams pre-World Cup training camp.
Being selected for the training camp is no guarantee that he will make the squad, but the fact that Marco van Ginkel is being considered for the squad despite suffering a severe injury not so long ago. He has been ahead of schedule in many ways and has been training with the Chelsea U21s and senior squad for a few months now. He has even made the bench for a handful of matches but has yet to feature for the Blues since his recovery.
Holland’s 20 man domestic training camp squad plus Marco van Ginkel:
Daley Blind (Ajax), Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord), Luc Castaignos (FC Twente), Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Memphis Depay (PSV), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Luciano Narsingh (PSV), Quincy Promes (FC Twente), Karim Rekik (PSV), Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea/ENG), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Kenneth Vermeer (Ajax), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Jeroen Zoet (PSV)
If healthy this season, van Ginkel would certainly have played a significant role for Chelsea as Jose Mourinho searched for his perfect central midfield pair. He appears to have found one member of the partnership in Nemanja Matic but he was cup tied for the Champions League which is where van Ginkel could have shined. Whether or not he makes the World Cup squad is irrelevant to his status at Chelsea but the experience for the youngster could be invaluable.
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