Michael Essien Back In Action For Chelsea, Plays 75 Minutes Of Reserve Game

Alan Duffy

9th, January 2012


By Alan Duffy

Chelsea’s erratic first half of the 2011/12 campaign may have all but ended their title dreams, but the news that Ghanaian midfield supremo Michael Essien is back in action will surely give AVB and his army of Blues’ fans a right old boost.

The 29-year-old has been out of action since July, when he underwent surgery after banjaxing his right knee in pre-season training. But now, the all-action, tough-tackling, goal-scoring machine is on the mend.

Essien played 75 minutes of the second string game against West Bromwich Albion, and made it through unscathed as the Blues lost 3-2.

With Jon Obi Mikel struggling to stamp his authority on the Blues’ midfield this season, young Spaniard Oriol Romeu has been a regular (and impressive) starter in the holding midfield role. However, having the experienced Essien back will give AVB’s side that added bit of nous as the business end of the season approaches. Also, Essien has missed out on the African Cup Of Nations so may be available sooner rather than later.

Posted in Chelsea, Injuries

Share this article: Email


  1. Ali says:

    The machine is back, let’s just hope hes’ still got it!!

  2. chet says:

    one of the true good guys. glad to see him back.

  3. xavier says:

    Love this player the workrate he has and the energie he brings to the field is great. One of the best defensive midfielders there is. Hope he stays fit.

  4. Jim says:

    One of the true good guys? He is and always has been a thug. Made some shocking tackles over the years. Undoubtedly a fantastic player in his prime, but he is definitely a very dirty player.

  5. MrMac says:

    Love this player 3 years ago.

    Not sure he can bring back that monster form and abilities.

    Hoping tho.

  6. Chimpo says:

    @Jim- jog on muppet

    He’s fantastic- a machine as Ali says

  7. V says:

    He’s 29, already?


  8. Giancarlo says:

    I love Essien. I wanted Milan to sign him when he was still with Lyon. It’s unfortunate a monster of a midfielder has been hampered by injuries. Hopefully he can regain his previous form. Still remember a screamer of a goal he scored vs. Arsenal.

Leave a Reply