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Essien to miss World Cup

Michael Essien

By John Abayomi, with agency reports

Just at it was at the 2010 African Nations Cup in Angola when the Black Stars of Ghana  prosecuted the Nations cup campaign without its midfield maestro, Michael Essien, after he sustained  a knee injury in training, it is now certain that the West African football powerhouse would concentrate  on tactics and game plan at next month’s mundial without the ‘strongman Essien’  considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.

Essien  was ruled out of the World cup after  he was examined by medical experts from both the Ghana Football Federation and Chelsea Football Club , who revealed ‘the player would not be fit  to return to football until  the end of July, the Ghana FA said in a statement.

Meanwhile the World cup kicks off on July 11 with  Ghana playing its first game against Serbia  on June 13. 

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 January and was not in action for the remaining games of the season as his Chelsea club won both the premiership league title and the FA Cup.

Would Essien’s non participation affect Ghana’s performance at the World Cup?


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