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Injured Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien returns to Chelsea

Published on: 28 November 2012

Injured Real Madrid on-loan midfielder Michael Essien has returned to his English club Chelsea as he fights to regain fitness.

The presence of the Ghana international at Cobham has sparked hopes that new coach of the club Rafa Benitez could recall him following the sacking of Di Matteo.

The speculation over Essien's likely return to Chelsea has heightened since it was revealed that Nigerian midfielder fJohn Obi Mikel could be the first victim of Rafa Benitez's Chelsea reign.

But insiders say Essien has been undergoing treatment at Cobham, Chelsea's training ground, because of the medical expertise at the club.

The Ghanaian midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, has not played for Jose Mourinho’s side since the 2-1 La Liga win at Levante on November 11 and it is believed he may not be available for the remainder of 2012.

Essien may not be able to get on the pitch again for Real Madrid this year following an allergic reaction to medication since the injury and he is trying to find a quick solution.

However, speculation about Chelsea return grows with news that Mikel may be axed from the side for Wednesday's match against Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

As Benitez aims to produce more opportunities for under pressure £50million striker Fernando Torres, Mikel could pay the price for his lack of creativity.

The Spaniard wants to reshape his side and believes that Mikel is too defensive in his position in front of the back four.

Mikel was missing from the key preparations for Chelsea's derby with Fulham and could now be replaced by Oriel Romeu, who came on for him on Sunday.

The injury-prone Essien has been struggling with foot and other leg problems lately and it has been suggested that he has reacted poorly to medication he has taken to address those. He has also been on a specific training plan in order to gain full fitness.

Sami Khedira’s recovery from injury has prompted Madrid to rest Essien and he may even be sidelined until the New Year.


This article has 14 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ben says:
    November 28, 2012 09:30 pm
  • mr swager..labone..... says:
    November 28, 2012 07:42 pm
    all those who hate essien my body body are kwasiasss in capital letters.(kwaswia=foolish fooooool....)
  • Paul says:
    November 28, 2012 05:50 pm
    What is really wrong with my man essien. I don't understand at all...its quite strange. Lets all ghanaians pray for him nd i believe he will recover fully.
  • Lol says:
    November 28, 2012 05:08 pm
    I'm very sure he is a nigeria, u re a very big "PIG". Foolish man. There are so many sensible Ghanaians than that of ur overpopulated country. All u know is killing people with bombs. Idiot #stupid fool#
  • Am laughing in Chinese says:
    November 28, 2012 05:03 pm
    The fact still remains to me that since Mikel started joining the attack, Chelsea started shipping in goals, once Mikel losses a ball, it always end up in the net. Everyone wanted him to score, but let me remind you Ghanaians haters that everyone in a team has a work to do. Mikel does his well and thats why he has played under every manager in Chelsea. Presently Chelsea has a lot of attacking and creative mid fielders and they send goose pimple to prem teams. As for 45 years old Essien, i'm sorry for him because there is no vacant for 30 years old in Chelsea talkless of 45 years old injury player like Essien.
  • Yawa says:
    November 28, 2012 03:53 pm
    You are a BIG fool for insulting us. No wonder I know the country you were born. Kwasia sem kwa
  • Abu says:
    November 28, 2012 03:55 pm
    Ignorance. Pls we have over 24 million ghanaians and 20 or 40 people from Ghana given comment on mikel deos not represent the whole Ghana so dont insult Ghanaians in general ok and if you insist then you are also ignorant and infact more ignorant
  • Ignorance is a disease says:
    November 28, 2012 03:37 pm
    After reading all ghanaians propogada comments in I concluded that Ghanaians are senseless primitive and uncivilized people. Infact Ghanaians are slowpoke retarded plastic. Continue crying for 45 years Essien.
  • Kay says:
    November 28, 2012 02:44 pm
    I don't know why they are making this a Mikel and Essien issue. Essien plays more than one position. This is unfair to Essien's reputation and his HUGE talent, rated one of the best midfielders in the world, twice nominee of FIFA best in that department.
  • kantoose says:
    November 28, 2012 10:24 am
    I have been watching mikel obi in the chelsea games ever since Essien left to madrid. An older half fit essien is still better in midfield than this guy. It is as if he is afraid to play. No supporting runs forward, no combative defence either. Just running around the back trying to position himself all the time. Rafa has noticed right. Mikel is a coward player. Even half fit essien played only 4 games for madrid and got a goal by making supporting runs. Mikel needs a psychologist seriously
  • David Agbemavor says:
    November 28, 2012 11:17 am
    I pray for him so shall he over come all the problem he has, i'm a ghanian i whos born in nigeria i live there, all the problem essin is haven is from john obi mikel, chelsea dont need a player like obi mikel in the team, a player cant move ball forword ? or even score a goal ?,
  • B k says:
    November 28, 2012 11:57 am
    Micheal essien is over 45yrs thats why he's not responding to medication. He shld just retire from futball period.
  • tank God we are nt zambians says:
    November 28, 2012 12:04 pm
    mikel has been in da chelsea team for 5 years he has scored only one goal n it was offside.essien has been in da madrid team for less dan a month bt has scored a goal.mikel is jux a cunt
  • Bosh says:
    November 28, 2012 01:51 pm
    At the begining of this season Mikel said he would do everything possible be it physical or spiritual in order to get constant playing time. Yes he did it. But it seems whatever he did is about to bounce back on him. I pity Essien.