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Chelsea’s victory over Swindon on Tuesday night came at a cost as Marco van Ginkel could be out for the rest of the season, while Ramires also picked up a knock.
The Blues booked their passage into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a comfortable 2-0 victory at the County Ground but the win was soured by the news that Van Ginkel has suffered a serious knee injury.
Chelsea have yet to discover the full extent of the injury but assistant first-team coach Steve Holland revealed after the game that it does not look good.
The Dutchman has suffered suspected cruciate knee ligament damage, and if that is the case then he is likely to be ruled out for the remainder of the season.
The highly-rated midfielder only joined the Blues from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer and his loss would be a huge blow to boss Jose Mourinho.
“It’s too early to say but it does not look good for Marco,” Holland revealed after the game.
“We’ll have to wait for the results of the scan but we have at least two casualities from this evening.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea are also sweating over the fitness of Ramires after the Brazilian picked up a hip injury after coming on to the field to replace Van Ginkel.
Again Chelsea do not know how serious the problem is but the midfielder has to be rated as an early doubt for this weekend big London derby clash against Tottenham.