London: Chelsea`s new Dutch signing, Marco van Ginkel, will miss the rest of the season and next year`s World Cup after sustaining a serious knee injury, according to various reports in the British media on Thursday.
The midfielder, in only his second start for Jose Mourinho`s side since his switch from Vitesse Arnhem, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Tuesday`s League Cup win over Swindon.
The damage was confirmed by an MRI scan, reports said.
Van Ginkel went down injured following an early challenge by Swindon`s Alex Pritchard. Despite trying to play on, van Ginkel then went off in the 10th minute at League One Swindon`s County Ground.
"We`ve got an injury to Marco which, it`s a little bit too early to be certain but it doesn`t look good," said Chelsea assistant first-team coach Steve Holland after the game.