Marco van Ginkel opens up on his injury hell after 983 DAYS out

‘I might not have walked again’: Marco van Ginkel opens up on his injury hell after 983 DAYS out of action following a knee infection as he finally returns to the field with PSV Eindhoven

  • Marco van Ginkel has been out of action for nearly three years due to injury 
  • Surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament took a turn for the worst back in 2018 
  • An infection threatened his whole career, but he is now back playing in Holland 

Marco van Ginkel has revealed his career was almost over following a knee infection that forced him to miss nearly three years of action.

The Holland international went under the knife in 2018 in a bid to repair an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

However, an infection caused serious complications and the Chelsea star had to go under the knife three times in six days to save his knee. 

Marco van Ginkel has opened up on his injury hell that saw him absent for nearly three years

Three further operations followed, with the 28-year-old finally making his return last month in his native Holland where he is on loan with PSV Eindhoven – 983 days after his previous appearance.

Relieved to be back on the pitch, Van Ginkel has revealed just how close he came to waving his career goodbye. 

‘The danger was there that I would lose my career, of course,’ Van Ginkel told Goal. ‘Especially after the first week of infection, they didn’t know what the infection was doing inside the joint.

‘After three months I reacted well, but it was going to be a tough, tough time to be at the top level again, to come back and play for PSV, Chelsea or whoever. At that moment, it was more about whether I could walk again. Football didn’t matter.

Van Ginkel made his long-awaited return in January when appearing for PSV Eindhoven

‘The infection that came six weeks after my operation killed my knee a bit. That’s why it took so long, it damaged my knee and cruciate and I had to be operated on all over again. It was a very hard time’

Van Ginkel is still under contract with Chelsea, having been handed an extension last summer, which runs out this June. 

He has played twice more for PSV since making his return, both times off of the bench. 

Forward Van Ginkel is still under contract at Chelsea until the end of the current campaign 

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