By Kate Mcgreavy For Mailonline
Published: 15:45 BST, 19 June 2019 | Updated: 15:45 BST, 19 June 2019
Chelsea suffered a blow on Wednesday as defender Antonio Rudiger is unlikely to recover from a knee injury in time for the beginning of next season.
The German centre half did not feature for the Blues last season after limping off against Manchester United at the end of April.
Rudiger had an operation on his knee and is now set to miss Chelsea's highly-anticipated opening match against Manchester United, according to The Telegraph.