Essien trains alone ahead of Real's trip to Dortmund
Michael Essien trained alone on Monday in Real Madrid’s penultimate workout before Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg tie against Borussia Dortmund.
Essien took to the field at Real Madrid’s Football City in a session that included some ball exercises.
The versatile player has been battling a hamstring injury he picked up three weeks ago during their Champions League quarter-final second leg at Galatasaray.
Essien has sat out two Spanish La Liga games and has been trained in the gym.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho needs a fully fit Essien to play the right-back role with Alvaro Arbeloa suspended.
If the on-loan Chelsea player fails to recover, Sergio Ramos will shift to his former role and Pepe will partner Raphael Varane in central defence.