Kurt Zouma
Kurt Zouma is set to be out for at least six months after undergoing surgery for a knee injury suffered during the 1-1 draw against UnitedGetty

Kurt Zouma has given Chelsea a positive injury update ahead of their clash against Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman, who managed to break into the starting XI, when he displaced Gary Cahill to become John Terry's preferred choice at the heart of the back four, has been ruled out for at least six months with a knee injury he suffered during their 1-1 draw against Manchester United on 7 February.

The former Saint-Etienne defender, who underwent a surgery on his knee in Spain also faces the heartbreak of missing the European Championship, which is set to be held in his homeland in June this year. Zouma, however, was in high spirits following a successful procedure, with even Guus Hiddink expressing surprise at the defender's moos despite the season ending injury.

"Hello my friends ! I came back home Yesterday night from Barcelona after a very good operation. Thank you for your big support. May God Bless You All," Zouma wrote on his official Instagram page on Saturday (20 February).

The Blues are also without John Terry, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, he suffered during the 5-1 demolition of Newcastle United, ahead of their crucial clash against the Etihad Stadium outfit in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The manager fielded Branislav Ivanovic alongside Gary Cahill for their clash against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday (16 February) and is likely to stick with duo for the visit of Manuel Pellegrini's team.

January signing Matt Miazga is another option, and with the City manager confirming a weakened side, the Dutch manager could be tempted to hand the United States international his first start. The former New York Red Bulls defender's fitness is in question, but the manager is confident that he is at the right level to feature for the first team.