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Van Ginkel injury 'doesn't look good'

ESPN staff
September 25, 2013
Marco Van Ginkel could be out for the rest of the season © AP

Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Marco van Ginkel and Ramires after the midfielders limped off in the Capital One Cup win over Swindon Town.

Van Ginkel lasted only ten minutes of the eventual 2-0 victory, replaced by Ramires after tangling with Town midfielder Alex Pritchard.

But goal-scorer Ramires, who added to Fernando Torres' opener, was soon struck down by a muscle injury and was forced to leave the field at half-time.

However, it is the injury to Van Ginkel which is causing Chelsea staff the most concern.

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

"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."

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