Chelsea defender Alex will miss the next six to eight weeks with an ongoing knee injury, the club have confirmed.
The Brazilian has already been absent from the Blues' last two Premier League fixtures against Fulham and Sunderland because of the problem, although he had linked up with
A statement on the club's website, chelseafc.com read: "Further to the Chelsea medical team's diagnosis, the Brazilian national team doctors agree that further investigation via arthroscopic surgery is required on the player's right knee. That will take place over the coming days. He is expected to be out for approximately six to eight weeks."
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In July Alex suffered a thigh injury which made him a doubt for the start of the new season, but he did feature in the club's 6-0 thumping of West Brom on 14