London — Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma will undergo knee surgery that will rule him out the rest of the season and the European Championship for France.
The 21-year-old Zouma, who has been capped twice by France, landed awkwardly during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United and injured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Zouma is "expected to be out for approximately six months," Chelsea said Monday.
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Zouma has started 16 of the last 19 Chelsea matches, displacing Gary Cahill as first-choice center back alongside captain John Terry, who announced he is not receiving a new contract for next season.
"Scan today has shown I injured my ACL," Zouma tweeted. "I will have surgery this week & will come back stronger."
It is another blow for Chelsea during a miserable season. The team is 13th in the Premier League after winning the title last season.