The Return of the Forgotten Man
The season 2013 / 2014 and the subsequent World Cup Finals in Brazil, will not be a period remembered fondly by one of our players.
For Marco van Ginkel it will always remain a period in his life where he`ll only be able to ponder what might have been.
Having joined Chelsea from Vitesse Arnhem, for a fee of £8 million, van Ginkel was hoping that it would be a period whereby he could earn himself a place in the Chelsea starting eleven whilst also cement his place in the Dutch World Cup squad.
Unfortunately a serious knee-ligament injury, suffered in September, saw him unable to play again last season whilst also having to resign himself to the fact that there would be no World Cup place in the Dutch squad.
However, having worked hard to get back to full-fitness, work that included summer sessions at Chelsea, van Ginkel was one of the players that returned for pre-season training in midweek.
The Dutchman is obviously happy to be back to full fitness and is hoping that he can make an impact this season and has spoken about his dilemma and the way forward, remarking to the media,
"In the summer I did some extra work, especially on my right leg for the knee and now it is much better."
"I am feeling good. I took a rest for maybe one week and then I started doing some exercises."
"Training is going good now so hopefully the coming weeks will go well also. It was not the best for me to get injured so soon after joining a new club but it happens. Now it is better."
There is, of course, stiff competition for midfield places at Stamford Bridge, even though Frank Lampard is no longer on the scene, the arrival of Cesc Fabregas has filled that void and with the suspicion that Paul Pogba might also be on his way, van Ginkel is more than aware that if a chance presents itself to make a first team appearance he`ll have to grab it with both hands and make it difficult for Jose Mourinho to drop him.
A part of me is seriously hoping that this likeable young Dutchman can overcome the problems experienced last season and make a real success of his Chelsea career.