Will miss rest of the season, aiming to be fit for the start of next season
Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger will miss the rest of the season and after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.
The 26-year-old was hurt in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United in the Premier League last Sunday.
In a statement made by Chelsea, the club said the following:
“Toni Rudiger successfully underwent surgery on his left knee meniscus today. He will miss the rest of this campaign and will rehab over the summer to be back early next season.”– Chelsea statement on Antonio Rudiger’s injury
The injury suffered by Rudiger during the weekend was similar to the injury he suffered during the previous away league game against Liverpool at Anfield, which led to the German International missing games Slavia Prague and Burnley.
With the surgery that took place earlier today in Italy, the centre-back is now ruled out of the remaining four (possibly five) games of the season.
He will miss the final two league games against Watford and Leicester as the club continue to push for Champions League qualification via a top 4 spot in the Premier League, along with the huge two-legged UEFA Europa League Semi-Final versus the Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.
Rudiger himself posted an update via Twitter earlier today as he starts his recovery from the knee injury which has prematurely ended his season.
“What a pity I won’t be able to help my team during the last games of the season. But my knee surgery went well and I’m already positive again. Thanks for all your messages and comments. And special thanks to the efforts of Professor Mariani and his team!”
Rudiger has been a regular in the side this season, having started 33 of the 36 league games and 44 in all competitions (scoring one goal) and has been a regular member of the first-team since signing from AS Roma in 2017 in a £29m deal.
Everyone at Chelsea Echo wishes Antonio a speedy recovery and he returns from this stronger and better than before.