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2014 World Cup: Ghana star Michael Essien makes injury return, AC Milan suffer defeat

Published on: 25 April 2014
Michael Essien returned but Milan taste defeat

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghana midfielder Michael Essien made a return from injury to play for AC Milan who slipped to a 2-0 defeat against AS Roma in the Italian Serie A on Friday evening. 

The 31-year-old climbed off the bench to replace another Ghanaian international Sulley Muntari in the 58th minute at the Stadio Olimpico as Roma applied the brakes on Milan's six-game unbeaten run.

Essien sustained a thigh problem in early April and was ruled out for 14 days but took a little while to bid his time to return to action.

But on Friday night, manager Clarence Seedorf named the ex-Chelsea star on his bench and later introduced him to replace his Ghanaian international team-mate Sulley Muntari with 32 minutes left to play.

But Ivorian international Yao Gervinho scored a 65th minute goal to add to a Miralem Pjanic first-half strike to help Roma defeat their rivals.


  • Tony says:
    April 26, 2014 01:50 am
    Hahaha... Essien days are over! I watched the full match and he can't even run with the ball.haha... it was very funny
  • living waters says:
    April 26, 2014 04:33 am
    What are you talking about, we need the knowledge and experience of Essien on the field of play to succeed.
  • delo-dino says:
    April 26, 2014 06:44 am
    he pass his prime we need de likes of afreyia aquah to do the runin and tacklin the midfield for him
  • Dr Who says:
    April 26, 2014 07:34 am
    You watched a play station game....get the original and watch.
  • Agwanu says:
    April 26, 2014 08:02 am
    So both Muntari n Essien are benchwarmers??