Victor Moses
Moses' successful loan spell at Stoke has been cut short by injury. Getty Images

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed winger Victor Moses will return to Chelsea to undergo treatment on a thigh problem, which will force the Nigerian international out until the new year.

Moses was substituted after 56 minutes of the Potters' 2-1 defeat to newly promoted Burnley last weekend after picking up the injury during the game and is expected to be out for between six to eight weeks.

The 23-year-old midfielder is currently three months into a season-long loan spell at the Britannia Stadium but has returned to Chelsea in order to have treatment on the injury.

Hughes said ahead of the Premier League trip to Stoke City: "Victor Moses has gone back to Chelsea now for his rehab following his thigh injury."

The ex-Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic wideman has enjoyed a successful campaign on loan at Stoke, scoring once and making four assists in 11 appearances in all competitions this season.

Upon learning the extent of his injury, Moses posted on Sportslobster: "Disappointed to be ruled out through injury but I'll work as hard as I can to be back as soon as possible. Thanks for all of your amazing support."

Moses' return to west London, where he has become a peripheral figure since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, having spent last season on loan at Liverpool, comes after talks between both clubs but the player is expected to resume his career at Stoke once being declared fit.

"It's bad news on Victor Moses, a problem with his thigh," assistant manager Mark Bowen said on Tuesday 25 November.

"He will be out with anything up to six to eight weeks. It's a big hit. He had a scan and it's not good.

"At the moment we're deciding with Chelsea whether to go back and have the rehab there or stay with our team."