Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says Michael Essien is ready for the physical rigours of the Spanish top-flight after fears over his fitness after two serious knee injuries.
The Ghana international is set to make his Real Madrid debut on Saturday when they take on Sevilla.
Essien has not regained his full fitness since recovering from those injuries which prompted Chelsea to send him out on loan to Real Madrid two weeks ago
After training with the club over the past two weeks, Mourinho says Essien has overcome the fears over his fitness.
â€œEssien has come with a huge motivation, with the energy of seven years without physical discomfort,â€ Mourinho told the press.
â€œMichael has been very nice, I appreciate the gesture.â€
â€œMichael has been nice today saying that the most important miss of Real Madrid would be mine, but we are all equal.â€
The Bison joined The Vikings on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day.