Massive boost for Real Madrid as Essien returns to training after injury scare

Michael Essien returned to Real Madrid training ground on Thursday

Michael Essien returned to Real Madrid training ground on Thursday

Ghanaian star Michael Essien has given Real Madrid a massive boost after returning to training on Thursday which means he will be available for the Champions League semi finals last this month.

Coach Jose Mourinho breathed a sigh of relief after as doctors revealed that the versatile player only suffered a small muscle injury.

The 30-year-old asked to be substituted during Tuesday’s Champions League match against Galatasaray which sparked fears of a long-term injury especially when he is still recovering from two serious knee surgeries.

After an initial examination, Real Madrid doctors ruled out a serious injury with the recovery period approximately ten days, allowing him to be available for the semi-finals on April 23-24.

Essien started training on Thursday but did not train with the group alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Kaka, Gonzalo Higuan and Fabio Coentrao.

Essien picked up a slight injury problem during Madrid’s Uefa Champions League defeat at Galatasary on Tuesday and it was widely feared he could be sidelined for a number of weeks.

But revealed on Thursday morning the injury of the combative midfielder was not serious and expected to be fit for their Champions League semi-final games.

The Ghanaian international resumed training on Thursday afternoon to boost the Madrid ahead of the remaining matches in the Spanish League and more crucially the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The former Lyon enforcer is Ghana’s sole representative in the Europe’s elite-inter club competition after Kwadwo Asamoah’s Juventus crashed out of the competition.


  1. Pk dee says:

    Morinho says,only imature managemnt can nt recogniz the multiple values of essien,cos asking him to man the goalpost wouldnt amount to asking too much of him.u can trust essien for the goals nd to defend them,nt only to play bt also to replace the entire tactical switch,the reaon why we need him,he told madrid board.

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