Versatile midfielder Michael Essien sustained an injury in Ghana’s shock defeat to Libya 0-1. This injury is likely to keep him out of action for the coming four weeks.
It makes him unlikely to be available for the crucial game against Manchester United on 21 September.
The midfielder, who is also the all-time costliest African player, limped off in the earlier stages of the first half of the International friendly match, as the Black Stars ended up with an unprecedented defeat.
Essien often referred to as the ‘bison’ for his strength and tackling, is to be seen by the doctors at Stamford Bridge before the Blues next match at Manchester City.
The midfielder, however, is quite confident of a fast recovery. He has stated that he knows this injury is a serious one. However, he will be able to bounce back in a short spell of time.
This intensifies problems for Chelsea, as already Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba are injured and losing one more player before the match against one of the ‘soon-to-be’ giants Manchester City must be stressing for their Manager Luiz Filipe Scolari.
Good news for Chelsea fans is that Ballack may be able to contribute a bit in the next match.
Talking of the premiership, two new signings have been done today. 17 year old Hungarian midfielder Zsolt Poloskei has been scouted by Liverpool.
The other signing is Uruguay’s full back, Walter Lopez, who has become the first player to join the ‘out of sorts’ West Ham United. Hammers are currently without a manager after the departure of Alan Curbishley.