Chelsea’s midfield enforcer set for return

Essien should be set to return for Chelsea mid JanuaryChelsea FC midfielder Michael Essien is set for a mid January return according to his manager Andre Villas Boas.

The Ghana international has been sorely missed since injuring his knee in pre-season training but could be competing for a place in the first XI by the beginning of February.

“I think mid-January. He will be introduced to first-team activity in mid-January and contention properly I think we are looking at three weeks for him to gain form and start competing to the level that the others are.”

The Chelsea manager added:

“It could take less time if we are positive about it and maybe in two weeks he can reach that level of form to come back for the team.”

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