Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Confirmed: Michael Essien out for six months

Midfielder Michael Essien has been ruled out for six months after a knee operation. The Ghana international, 28, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus during pre-season training, and underwent 'successful' surgery. He also missed the 2010 World Cup because of a knee problem. The midfielder's latest setback is a blow to Andre Villas-Boas, who is preparing his squad for their trip to the Far East. Essien joined the Blues from French club Lyon in 2005 in a £24.4m deal and has gone on to establish himself as a key player at Stamford Bridge. He has helped Chelsea to two Premier League titles and three FA Cups, as well as the Carling Cup in 2007. Despite being ruled out for the majority of the 2008/09 campaign, Essien has amassed 229 appearances, scoring 26 goals. This news will prompt activity in the transfer market with an improved bid for Modric very likely, whilst other replacements in Pastore, De Rossi and even Kaka, are explored by the club.

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