Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma faces six months on the sidelines following Sunday’s knee injury in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Zouma landed awkwardly on his knee after jumping for a header and was in severe discomfort as he was taken off on a stretcher.
Chelsea in an official statement following reports of the scan from its medical team confirmed that the 21-year-old sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.
“Chelsea Football Club’s medical team have diagnosed that Kurt Zouma sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament during yesterday’s (Sunday) 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.” The statement read.
Zouma was replaced by Gary Cahill, who will now more than likely partner John Terry for much of the rest of the season.
And just three minutes after the Englishman’s introduction United were ahead as Jesse Lingard produced a magnificent finish to beat Thibaut Courtois.
The France centre-back who has made 32 appearances for Chelsea this term will not be part of the French squad to the Euro 2016 to be hosted by France. His most recent appearance for France was in an international friendly with Denmark in October.