Sunday, July 18, 2010

Michael Essien Indicates a Strong Return in Premier League Next Season

Chelsea’s Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien has come back in action in style by scoring the winning goal for Chelsea in their 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on 17 July. It was Chelsea’s first pre-season friendly match.

Michael Essien suffered a knee ligament injury while on international duty with Ghana during the African Cup of Nations in January this year. Since then he missed the entire second half of the last season for Chelsea and the World Cup 2010 for Ghana. In fact, the Crystal Palace match was the 27-year-old’s first match since picking up the injury.

However, with his performance against Crystal Palace, Essien has given a clear indication that he would make a strong come back in the Premier League next season. So, it is definitely good news for Chelsea and Ghana fans.

Both Chelsea and Ghana sorely missed the service of Michael Essien over the last 6 months, but his disappointment must have been subsided as Chelsea won ‘double’ including Premier League and FA Cup, and Ghana reached the quarter final in the World Cup.

Michael Essien joined the Blues in 2005 in a move away from Olympique Lyon, and since then he has been a key player at Stamford Bridge. Essien, who usually plays as a defensive midfielder, has represented Chelsea in 116 Premier League matches so far and scored 14 goals. The most important thing is that he has set up many crucial and vital goals for his teammates like Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

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