Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko will need surgery on his groin at the end of the season, according to SuperSports.

However, the Premier League champions said on their official website on Thursday that they were hopeful the Ukraine international would be available for their remaining four matches.

Chelsea play Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton in the league, and face another meeting with United in the FA Cup final at the new Wembley on May 19.

Shevchenko`s groin injury forced him to miss Tuesday`s Champions League semifinal defeat at Liverpool.