Chelsea midfielder Essien could miss season

September 10th, 2008 - 12:55 pm ICT by IANS  

ChelseaLondon, Sep 10 (DPA) Chelsea confirmed that midfielder Michael Essien will be sidelined for several months after rupturing a knee ligament.The midfielder will have surgery next week after getting injured while playing for Ghana against Libya last Saturday.

“He has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo an operation as soon as the majority of the swelling has subsided,” said a club statement here Tuesday.

“We expect this to happen in a week’s time. In the meantime, Michael has started rehab in the aqua therapy centre at Cobham, which will improve the condition of the knee prior to surgery.

“A return to full fitness is not expected for several months.”

With John Obi Mikel and Michael Ballack also injured, Chelsea are short of midfield options.

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