Chelsea’s defender Kurt Zouma will miss the rest of the season and Euro 2016 with a knee injury.
The 21-year old injured his anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Manchester United, and he is expected to be on the sidelines for at least six months.
Zouma landed awkwardly early in the second half of the drawn Premier League contest and was carried off on a stretcher.
The French international will undergo surgery in the next 48 hours once the swelling on the joint has receded.
A statement on Chelsea’s official website read: “Chelsea Football Club’s medical team have diagnosed that Kurt Zouma sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament during Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United.
“Kurt will undergo surgery in the next 48 hours and is expected to be out for approximately six months.”
Zouma posted a message on his personal Twitter account that read: “Scan today has shown I injured my ACL. I will have surgery this week & will come back stronger. Thank you everyone for all the messages.”
The injury means, England vice-captain, will welcome the opportunity to return to the starting XI, it could also open the door to more playing time for U.S. international Matt Miazga, who has yet to make his Chelsea debut after joining the club from the New York Red Bulls last month.
Next up for Chelsea is a Premier League clash against Newcastle on Saturday.