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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger will miss the start of next season with the knee injury that ruled him out of the final month of last season, according to The Telegraph.
The German international was forced to undergo surgery on his left knee meniscus after being taken off early during Cheslea’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The 26 year old missed the final five games of the season as Chelsea clinched third place in the Premier League and won the Europa League by beating Arsenal 4-1 in Baku.
Rudiger first picked up the injury in the game against Liverpool at Anfield and returned early to face Manchester United at Old Trafford, a decision that backfired as he suffered a recurrence of the injury.
Rudiger is said to be recovering well but he is determined not to rush back ahead of schedule to avoid a recurrence of the injury.
Rudiger has suffered knee injuries in the past, notably rupturing his cruciate ligament with Roma in 2016, which ruled him out for four months.
Rudiger joins Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James, who are all set to miss the start of the season through injury.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website at the end of the season, Rudiger insisted that he would fight to get fit over the summer, saying: “Everything is going well, I’m very, very happy with the process and hoping to be back as soon as possible.
“It’s not my first operation, I’m experienced in this…there’s never a good time for an injury, but this time I’m very happy so I can be fit for the new season.”
David Luiz will be a Chelsea player next season after signing a new contract while Kurt Zouma could return from a successful loan at Everton.
Andreas Christensen has stated his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge.