Friday, January 22, 2010

Essien out for a Possible 6 Weeks

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines with the knee injury he suffered on international duty. 

The Ghana ace, who had only just recovered from a hamstring problem, flew out to the African Cup of Nations at the start of the month.

But his involvement in the tournament was immediately curtailed when he damaged his knee during training.
He was subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the competition and is now facing a number of weeks out to recover from the problem.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen to have the key midfielder available again within a month, but admits his recuperation could take longer.

Ancelotti told the club's official website: "He had a tear in the meniscus, and he has to stay out for four to six weeks. I hope four."

The Italian will not be tempted to dip into the transfer market and is confident his squad will be able to cope in Essien'scontinued absence.

He added: "In January, Essien was not here, he was at the African Cup.
"Maybe we lose him for one month, it is not good news but I think that we will do a good job again."

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