Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu ruled out for the season
21-year-old out for six months after undergoing surgery
Tuesday 11 December 2012
Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu is expected to be out for six months after undergoing surgery on Monday, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.
Romeu had anterior cruciate reconstruction surgery and medial meniscus repair after suffering a knee injury in the first half of Saturday's win at Sunderland.
The 21-year-old returned to London for assessment after the game instead of flying to Japan with the rest of the squad for the Club World Cup.
Romeu lasted just 20 minutes of the 3-1 win at the Stadium of the Light before being forced off and replaced by Oscar.
Chelsea had initially hoped he might have been able to join up with the Blues squad in Japan later this week, but further assessment revealed the need for surgery.
Romeu has made nine appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season, scoring in the Capital One Cup win over Wolves in September.
Latest in Sport
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
WrestleMania 31: The Undertaker begins a new streak after tombstoning Bray Wyatt
Louis van Gaal: Manchester United boss reveals that being a 'slow player' made him a better manager on warts and all documentary
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Muhammad Ali is behind Pacquiao 'all the way', reveals his daughter Rashida
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 2 Trevor Noah: Jon Stewart's replacement faces online criticism over 'anti-Semitic' tweets
- 3 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 4 Martha Stewart accuses Snoop Dogg of 'smoking for four hours' during Justin Bieber Roast
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans