Marco van Ginkel will miss the rest of Chelsea's season after the injury he suffered at Swindon on Tuesday night was confirmed as a cruciate ligament injury.

Van Ginkel tried to play on after suffering the injury in the first half of the Blues' 2-0 Capital One Cup victory but was replaced by Ramires – also taken off at half-time with injury – midway through the first half.

But an MRI scan revealed on Wednesday that the Dutchman had torn his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and will play no further part in Jose Mourinho's plans this season.

Chelsea assistant first team coach Steve Holland said after the match: ‘It’s too early to say but it doesn’t look good for Marco.

‘We’ll have to wait for the results of the scan but we have at least two casualties from this evening.’

Van Ginkel returned to London with the team and had a scan at the club’s Cobham training centre on Wednesday.

The midfielder signed from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer feared his injury is serious enough to rule him out for several months.