Chelsea fear worst for Van Ginkel

Chelsea will count the cost of their Capital One Cup win over Swindon as they assess injuries to Marco van Ginkel and Ramires.

Last Updated: 25/09/13 at 10:09 Post Comment

Marco van Ginkel

Marco van Ginkel

Chelsea will today count the cost of their Capital One Cup triumph over Swindon as they assess a potentially serious knee injury to Marco van Ginkel and also a hip problem for Ramires.

Jose Mourinho's side overcame their Sky Bet League One hosts 2-0 at the County Ground but the night was tinged with disappointment.

Van Ginkel - making only his second Blues start following a summer switch from Vitesse Arnhem - went down after an early challenge from Town midfielder Alex Pritchard and, despite briefly trying to carry on, soon hobbled off in the 10th minute.

He was replaced by fellow midfielder Ramires, who added to Fernando Torres' opener with Chelsea's second goal of the night, before then being forced off himself at half-time.

But it is Van Ginkel's injury which is providing the greater concern.

Assistant first-team coach Steve Holland said: "We've got an injury to Marco which, it's a little bit too early to be certain but it doesn't look good.

"He'll have a scan on Wednesday on an injury to his knee. It's too early to say (if it's a bad one) but let's hope that's not the case. It didn't look good as he came off so early in the game. We'll have to see the results of the scan, we'll know more on Wednesday.

"And his substitute, Ramires, also had to go off with a muscular injury at the top of his hip which was causing him more discomfort as he tried to run it off. He'll be a major doubt for Saturday at Tottenham, not out for sure yet, but a major doubt.

"They're the two disappointments of the evening."

Swindon put up brave resistance against top-flight opposition and could be proud of their efforts, with Dany N'Guessan seeing a header correctly ruled marginally offside just after the break.

The Robins now return to league action and an assault on promotion under boss Mark Cooper, who has only been in the job on a permanent basis for a month after initially arriving as assistant manager before then taking the caretaker reins over the summer.

In the build-up to the cup tie Cooper admitted he was hoping to pick the brains of respected Chelsea boss Mourinho after the clash, but he revealed he did not get the opportunity to do so.

"He just said 'well played, your team played well and best of luck for the season'," Cooper said.

"I know he's got a million people pestering him before the game, at half-time and after the game. I completely understand."


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

Footer 365

Mourinho plans to manage into his 70s

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he is a better manager than he was 10 years ago - and he wants to continue until he's in his 70s.

Mesut Ozil set to shine for Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects Mesut Ozil to be one of the Premier League's leading stars during the 2015-16 season.

Jose Mourinho says 'Premier League will be more competitive'

Jose Mourinho has stressed Chelsea's need to strengthen their defence but hinted they may be ready to give up on Everton's John Stones.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company