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Powerhouse Michael Essien returns to training, massive boost for Chelsea

Published on: 26 November 2011

Michael Essien has handed under-pressure Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas some good news after returning to light training.

The Ghana international, who has been missing so far this season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, has also started ball work again.

The 28-year-old participated in various passing and dribbling drills on Friday under the watchful eye of Chelsea’s backroom team.

Essien also took part in different sprint exercises at the club’s  Cobham training ground, a clear sign he is well advanced on his road to recovery after summer surgery.

The midfielder will continue with his carefully constructed rehabilitation regime before  returning to full training towards the end of December.

Villas-Boas is confident of having Essien available for the crunch Barclays Premier League clash against champions Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 4.

Essien broke down with the injury during the first week of pre-season training in July. The former Lyon man suffered the same knee problem playing for Ghana in 2008.  

Sportsmail revealed in July that members of Chelsea’s medical team feel his persistent knee complaints are in part down to his over-developed upper leg muscles putting too much strain on the joint.

The return of the powerful midfielder will come as a welcome news Chelsea’s wretched run. The Blues have lost four of their last seven games in all competitions.

Source: Daily Mail

Comments

  • david says:
    November 26, 2011 07:56 am
    Brother Essien, you are once again welcome
  • dj says:
    November 26, 2011 07:59 am
    i hope he is not being rushed
  • richard opoku says:
    November 26, 2011 02:34 pm
    i know micheal essien is going to pick his form back.
  • richard opoku says:
    November 26, 2011 02:36 pm
    i know that micheal essien is going to pick his form back
  • krobea Asanteba Sei says:
    November 26, 2011 02:41 pm
    Good to hear of your return. we've long awaited it.
  • Jerro,GREECE says:
    November 26, 2011 03:07 pm
    @ DJ, fellow forumites might see your comment on prince and Adiyiah being'dumped' in the Amputee team as funny but i see it as gross disrespect to our noble and gallant men who have even reached the finals of the Afcon cup.With all due respect to this men of honour, i will like you to withdraw that statement at source.Do you see the amputees team as place for misfits or dumps?
  • Tanko says:
    November 26, 2011 03:35 pm
    Who said dj is too much? In fact he is 3much!!!!!; I love that very much and THAT WAS AGREAT ONE.
  • el says:
    November 26, 2011 07:53 am
    we pray his performance will no deminish
  • chaleboi says:
    November 26, 2011 07:55 am
    Good news for him! but GFA and Plavi should leave him alone, no matter how much i would like him to play for Ghana during the CAN 2012
  • aberico says:
    November 29, 2011 07:45 pm
    I have laugh so much that tears are coming from my eyes
  • aberico says:
    November 29, 2011 07:36 pm
    Yes I agree. Its very funny indeed
  • aberico says:
    November 29, 2011 07:44 pm
    Me too i can't stop laughing about tago and adiyiah in amputee team
  • Jerro,GREECE says:
    November 26, 2011 12:27 pm
    We do care about him if you don't. We also care about your irrelevant and silly comment.
  • chris opoku, sa says:
    November 26, 2011 12:33 pm
    welcome, thank god
  • kwame rastah says:
    November 26, 2011 08:00 am
    Good news. essien is back!
  • DWIGHT says:
    November 26, 2011 12:19 pm
    WHAT! my adiyiah in the amputee team? pls lets be a lil decorous in our comments bearing in mind that none of our brethren in the amputee squad really chose to be an amputee. lets not demean their relevance. afterall, ain't they even more useful than some of you? about tagoe and adiyiah, l would say to you all that you judge not a man till you have walked a mile in his shoes.
  • Jerro,GREECE says:
    November 26, 2011 12:25 pm
    Boy, u've been too hard on Gee. I was only a Wishful thinking. I think he didn't mean any harm at all.
  • Gee says:
    November 26, 2011 07:48 am
    Gud to hear n i pray he can play in the Afcon championship
  • Daviez says:
    November 26, 2011 01:15 pm
    Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!! well said!! Very Funny!!
  • killer says:
    November 26, 2011 01:35 pm
    elcome backman,but i think he should be given ample time too fully recover,we will see him com 2013 and 2014,he has always had a place in our hearts and the blac stars
  • aberico says:
    November 29, 2011 07:52 pm
    But lets be honest. If you DWIGHT was competent player who deserve a call up in the B/S as an attacker and seeing these two guys playing a limping game, of course everybody will link them to the amputee. They are receiving huge salaries of the tax payers money. We have given them lots of time to improve but still it is cos 90. All that we are saying is that, they are not the only strikers in Ghana, they should give way for others. But hey! Let me say here that for the to be in the amputee is really funny. It is becos of their very very poor performance that's why they are link to the amputeeeee
  • aberico says:
    November 29, 2011 07:54 pm
    Yes me too oo. I can't stop laughing
  • aberico says:
    November 29, 2011 08:00 pm
    The person by name DJ who gave a comment that Adiyia and tago should be in the amputee team is really funny. But its becos there are competent players who deserve a call up in the B/S as attackers and seeing these two guys playing a limping game, of course everybody will link them to the amputee. They are receiving huge salaries of the tax payers money. We have given them lots of time to improve but still it is cos 90. All that we are saying is that, they are not the only strikers in Ghana, they should give way for others to also show their qualities. Tago and Adiyia are becoming stumbling blocks for other. But hey! Let me say here that for them to be in the amputee is really funny. It is becos of their very poor performance that’s why somebody say they link them to the amputee team.
  • aberico says:
    November 29, 2011 07:39 pm
    Jerro stop it right there and let us enjoy the hilarious moments! Hahaahaaaa.Asem yi ye sere dodo. Hahahahahaahahaa
  • dj says:
    November 26, 2011 08:03 am
    prince tagoe and adiyiah should join the amputee team
  • colley says:
    November 26, 2011 08:10 am
    why do u say sooo?????
  • kwabas says:
    November 26, 2011 08:11 am
    YOU ARE VERY FUNNY dj.I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING. ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE,I HOPE THE REST OF HIS PLAYING DAYS BE FREE FROM INJURIES.ALL THE BEST TO THE BISON.
  • Nana says:
    November 26, 2011 08:23 am
    As much as Essien is needed in the Black Stars squad,I urge the GFA to leave him for a while and not to rush him into the team. He need some more time to recover because it will be soo hard to see him injured again. The guy has done a lot for us but please, let be patient with him with prayers and motivation. He is still a Ghanaian and very proud of it. By God's Grace, he will be available for the CAN 2012 as my brother chaleboi said. He will be be available for the World Cup as well. Let us pray for him because that is the most important thing right now. Thank you.
  • CHENO says:
    November 26, 2011 08:32 am
    THE PRIDE OF GHANA WLCOME BACK TO THE GAME. BUT REMEMBER THE ADVICE JOHN BARNS GIVE YOU, SO AVOID HARD TACKLES TO STAY LONGER IN THE GAME. ALL THE BEST.
  • Justice Twumasi A says:
    November 26, 2011 08:41 am
    who cares, apoooooooooooooooo toooooooooooooooooooo
  • Ishak abdulai says:
    November 26, 2011 08:45 am
    We chelsea funs thank God so much 4 his return and we pray that he trains well and get back to both teams so quick and we pray again that he does not get injured in his carreer again
  • Joel says:
    November 26, 2011 08:48 am
    Ghana need him, Since Kelvin is now playing hid and seek with ghana.
  • Big E says:
    November 26, 2011 09:01 am
    If he is fit enough 2 play 4 chelsea then he must play 4 his country. A massive touney like this ACN Essien need to put his name on the trophy. At 28yrs and especially next he wont have a better chance of winning it. Our first match is on the 24 Jan more than one month 4 him 2 get at least 3-4 matches under his belt at chelsea so i cant see why he shld't be available 4 selection. Kpb is out we need our Bison back to command our midfield. Besides a half fit Bison is better than all our midfielders.
  • Big E says:
    November 26, 2011 09:06 am
    If he is fit enough 2 play 4 chelsea then he must play 4 his country. A massive touney like this ACN Essien need to put his name on the trophy. At 28yrs and especially next he wont have a better chance of winning it. Our first match is on the 24 Jan more than one month 4 him 2 get at least 3-4 matches under his belt at chelsea so i can't see why he shld't be available 4 selection. Kpb is out we need our Bison back to command our midfield. Besides a half fit Bison is better than all our midfielders.
  • danny alvez says:
    November 26, 2011 09:30 am
    i will advise u to stay away from the afcon and concentrate on club level for now so that u will be fully fit.dont involve urself with the bs for now cos ghanaians r ungrateful.we love u bro.
  • ATOMO says:
    November 26, 2011 09:19 am
    Essien shdnt be called for the AFCON he should be given time to gain his best form for CHELSEA.
  • Morris Gabriel says:
    November 26, 2011 09:23 am
    pls dj spare Adiyiah & i'll help u talk to the GFA to take Tagoe to the amputee team. Oh Essien thank God u are back to save the blues we pray this injury never come back till u retaire from playing. This should be a lesson to Villas Boas that he won't be hanging around Luka Modrich for the transfer window to closs again on jan. pls Boas buy as quality players & stop using that selfish Maluda boy who will never give a collect pass to Toures to score.
  • Alkad says:
    November 27, 2011 12:50 pm
    Fomer BS coach Claud Leroy said Ghana could have gotton to the finals of SA 2010 WC if Essien was in the squad and I gree 2000%. Ghana NEEDS U ESSIEN. Welcom back !!
  • Kaygee says:
    November 26, 2011 07:46 pm
    hahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahahaahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhaha............... Oh boy, I cant stop laughing!!! You made my night DJ
  • Skyn UDS WA says:
    November 26, 2011 08:07 pm
    Dj i think de black queens wud be betta 4 tagoe n princess 4 adiyiah.welcom le bison
  • bornblack germany says:
    November 26, 2011 09:18 pm
    @ dj u will kill me.!! i cant stop laughing alone in the room like mad man...funnnnnnnny of the year!!!
  • NII says:
    November 26, 2011 09:38 pm
    Good luck to Essien and welcome back.. We miss and pray for you.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APLxV3wSlCQ
  • dj says:
    November 26, 2011 10:57 pm
    gracias
  • KOD says:
    November 26, 2011 01:41 pm
    Man this is the funniest comment of the year....you should be awarded for it...You are too much...
  • Little angel says:
    November 26, 2011 01:43 pm
    We tank God dat essien s bak.have fit of him is beta dan most of de playas.still we need him
  • Excellency says:
    December 02, 2011 08:01 pm
    Welcome back essien.I adiyah and tagoe will even be benched in the amputee team.
  • Abrantie-In Da House says:
    November 26, 2011 09:32 am
    Don't be a fool and an egoist!! Leave the guy alone to play for a while b4 even thinking of playing 4 the naion again... Do you understand football at all?
  • Kenneth owusu atuahene says:
    November 26, 2011 09:41 am
    Welcome back ma mentor
  • swizzy says:
    November 26, 2011 10:21 am
    Good news for Ghana and Chelsea,the BISON is back!!!
  • paapa says:
    November 26, 2011 10:27 am
    frds...i don't see why the g.f.a should be in rush for essian cos we have players who also needs a playing time in the black stars.............we miss u essian
  • Lipo says:
    November 26, 2011 10:39 am
    Welcome back, Mr. Essien ! The Black Stars still waiting for you !
  • Chrish says:
    November 26, 2011 10:46 am
    I can't stop laughing too @Kwabas. Very funny of dj's comment. Anyway no rush on Essiennow to BS
  • Abare says:
    November 26, 2011 11:33 am
    @ Dj, u r rite, but i tink in de amputee team, they shd b on bench n lee addy shd b included . mr Essien welkum back n jah bless u
  • DEDE says:
    November 26, 2011 11:57 am
    dj,u r very funny but pls. 4 amputee team i say NO.they should stay away from our bs
  • Paa t says:
    November 26, 2011 11:57 am
    @ abranti u shd b ashamed of urself hv u seen anybdy insultin? Grow up it's only babes or weaklys who do dat
  • alua says:
    November 26, 2011 12:07 pm
    you are well come bison,but try and go back for naddia or else you will get injured again.
  • Bemol says:
    November 26, 2011 12:14 pm
    Essien u are highly welcome back into the fold's of bs & chelsea injury is from god we pray and ask god to invalidate injury from u and activate ur burning form back in jesus name amen. Dj i think u have a case the gfa needs to look into it lee shld be included i can't stop laughing essien remain fit amen.
  • DWIGHT says:
    November 26, 2011 12:18 pm
    WHAT! my adiyiah in the amputee team? pls lets be a lil decorous in our comments bearing in mind that none of our brethren in the amputee squad really chose to be an amputee. lets not demean their relevance. afterall, ain't they even more useful than some of you? about tagoe and adiyiah, l would say to you all that you judge not a man till you have walk a mile in his shoes.
  • richard ansong says:
    November 29, 2011 10:57 am
    good news, mike essien you are welcome....
  • toomah says:
    November 29, 2011 08:19 pm
    Hey dj i've been laughing alone in the room u are right man.you will be really fun to be with.