The Professional Footballers Association have thrown their full support behind Michael Essien as he starts a long road to recovery of his injured knee.
The Ghana midfielder has been ruled out for six months following successful surgery on the injury sustained on the first day of pre-season with his club, Chelsea.
The latest injury setback is the third serious injury in three years suffered by the 28-year-old, sparking rumours of a possible career end for the â€˜Bisonâ€™.
However the welfare body believes Essien is well placed to deal with the current problem and expects him to make an even better return to active play.
â€œMichael Essien who is the 2nd vice president of the association has our full support and our prayers are with him,â€ General Secretary Tony Baffoe told GHANAsoccernet.com.
â€œI know how he feels now though as a player I never experienced such severe injuries. It is a very sad situation for one of Ghanaâ€™s best players but Michael is a fighter and I believe he will come back strongly.â€
There are various fears and speculations the former Bastia and Lyon midfield enforcer could end up loosing his position at Chelsea which will ultimately cost him his contract but Baffoe is sure such a thing wonâ€™t occur.
â€œHe has recently signed a five-year contract with Chelsea and the club is behind him.
â€œIt is normal that a big club like Chelsea would like to replace Michael after the injury but he is a fighter, he came back after those injuries and now itâ€™s the other leg but I know he will come back.â€
As to the current mood of the player, Baffoe revealed: â€œI spoke to him and he told me God is good. I like that, he is a very strong guy, we donâ€™t call him the Bison for nothing so am sure heâ€™ll be fine.â€