Stamford Bridge midfielder wisely spared from potential World Cup flare up.
Ghana’s Michael Essien has been ruled out of the World Cup, according to the country’s football association (GFA).
The Chelsea midfielder has been struggling with injury and has been told he will not fully recover until the end of July.
The GFA said that the decision was taken after a joint evaluation of his fitness by them and his club.
His last competitive match was for Ghana during the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.
He took part in the early stages of that tournament despite not being fully fit, having torn a hamstring in December.
He then injured his knee and has not played for either Ghana or Chelsea since.
Essien has been keen to play down speculation about his chances of making the World Cup.
“If I make it for the World Cup then great – if not I have my whole career ahead of me,” he told Chelsea’s official website in April.
“The last thing I want is to rush back and cause more problems down the line.” (BBC Sport)
This could well be good news for Chelsea fans as the risk of taking the superb midfielder to South Africa may well have set the 27 year old back months. Having already sustained one injury whilst on international duty the Stamford Bridge man would not want a repeat occurrence to threaten his long term career. Luckily for Carlo Ancelotti and the Blues fans the west London club had an excellent ready made replacement in John Obi Mikel who helped guide the club to the double.