The Chelsea and France defender will miss the rest of the season and Euro 2016 after damaging knee ligaments in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United
The 21-year-old, who has ousted Gary Cahill in the champions’ starting line-up in recent weeks, landed awkwardly during the game at Stamford Bridge and was quickly stretchered from the field.
Zouma was seen on crutches after the game and the club have now confirmed the France international will undergo surgery which is set to sideline him for the remainder of the season and Euro 2016.
A statement from the club read: “Chelsea Football Club’s medical team have diagnosed that Kurt Zouma sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament during yesterday’s Premier League game against Manchester United.
“Kurt will undergo surgery in the next 48 hours and is expected to be out for approximately six months.”
Following the news, Zouma tweeted thanks to his followers for their support and vowed to return stronger after establishing himself as a first-team regular this season.