Chelsea’s 20-year-old midfielder, Marco van Ginkel, is unlikely to play again this season.
The Dutch international will certainly miss the World Cup in Brazil, after being ruled out of action for at least nine months with a knee injury.
He tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the opening 10 minutes of Chelsea's Capital One Cup victory at Swindon Town this week, and his breakthrough season at the highest level has been curtailed as a result.
Signed from Vitesse Arnhem with a big reputation at the beginning of the season, van Ginkel was expected to feature regularly for both club and country.
Meanwhile, Chelsea defender David Luiz has gone on the offensive regarding his uncertain status at the club.
He turned down the chance to move to Barcelona to stay at Stamford Bridge, even though rumours that manager Jose Mourinho does not trust him resurfaced following criticism after Chelsea’s Champions League defeat against Basel.
He was dropped for the Premier League clash against Fulham, and was one of the fringe players who got a run-out against Swindon.
But Luiz insists that he remains a big part of Chelsea’s plans, and had nothing “to prove.”
"We don't need to prove anything: we just need to show that everyone wants to play," he said.
"Everyone had an opportunity to play, and you want to show your football. This is a big club with many, many good players.
"If we just had 11 players you cannot win anything. It's natural. Last year there were seven players left on the bench, and next year it will be the same. This year the boss chooses his 11 players to play and his philosophy is to do the best job for Chelsea. For me that is normal.
"How do you know I was left out [against Fulham on Saturday]? When other players are left out of the team people say nothing. I don't need to prove anything. Everyone knows who David Luiz is. I want to play football and enjoy myself on the pitch, so when I have an opportunity to play I want to enjoy it. I am just one more player in the team. Sometimes the manager puts me in, sometimes not, so it is his choice."