By John Abayomi, with agency reports
Just at it was at the 2010 African Nations Cup in Angola when the Black Stars of GhanaÂ prosecuted the Nations cup campaign without its midfield maestro, Michael Essien, after he sustainedÂ a knee injury in training, it is now certainÂ that the West African football powerhouse wouldÂ concentrateÂ on tactics and game plan at next month’s mundial without the ‘strongman Essien’ Â considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
EssienÂ was ruled out of the World cup afterÂ he was examined by medical experts fromÂ both the Ghana Football Federation and Chelsea Football Club , who revealed ‘the player wouldÂ not be fitÂ to return to football untilÂ the end of July, the Ghana FA said in a statement.
Meanwhile the World cup kicks offÂ on July 11 withÂ Ghana playing its first game against SerbiaÂ on June 13.Â
His loss is a blow to Ghana whose coach Milovan Rajevac last week described Essien as the leader and engine room of his team.
Essien has struggled to return to full fitness since tearing his medial ligament in his left knee in JanuaryÂ and wasÂ not in action for the remaining games of the seasonÂ as hisÂ Chelsea club won both the premiership league title and the FA Cup.
Would Essien’s non participation affect Ghana’s performanceÂ at the World Cup?