Needing knee surgery last July, Marco Van Ginkel went under the knife to reconstruct his anterior cruciate ligament, therefore missing out on this season.

Normally sent out on loan like the vast majority of Chelsea fringe players, the Dutch midfielder remained in London to undergo his recovery, which should have ended around now (eight months or so later).

Unfortunately, it appears the first procedure hasn’t succeeded, as Gianluca di Marzio is reporting that Van Ginkel will undergo ‘revision surgery’, with Professor Pier Paolo Mariani overseeing the procedure.

The surgeon is the same one who operated on and allowed Florian Lejeune to return quicker than expected this season following a severe right knee injury, eventually playing 12 league games before injuring his other knee against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

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Both Chelsea and Van Ginkel agreed to the procedure, and the 26-year-old will have follow up surgery in a few months, once again at the hands of Professor Mariani.

The Holland international enjoyed a strong campaign with PSV Eindhoven last season, during which he scored 16 goals in 33 appearances from midfield.

Hopefully, once all this is sorted, he will be able to return to his best and enjoy the final years of his career as a professional footballer problem free.