Chelsea midfielder unlikely to return until New Year
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has been ruled out for at least three weeks after suffering a tear in his right hamstring.
The Ghana international limped out of Tuesday night's UEFA Champions League clash with Apoel Nicosia after drawing Chelsea level in the contest.
Fears of a lengthy spell on the sidelines were sparked immediately and a scan on Wednesday revealed the extent of the damage.
Chelsea expect Essien to be fit to play within four weeks, meaning he may not make a return to the side before the start of the African Cup of Nations on 10th January.
sigh, 2009 has been an awful year for injuries for all teams, the sooner we move into 2010 the better.