Essien delighted with Chelsea return following injury

Michael Essien has announced that he feels stronger than ever following injury and is looking to help Chelsea push themselves into the Premier League title race, The Daily Mail reports. The Ghanaian international has returned from six months on the sidelines following a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Essien was a surprise substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Sunderland and came off the bench to rapturous applause from the Stamford Bridge crowd. The Ghanaian has suffered three serious injuries connected with ligaments in his knees in the last three years and there are fears that Essien will not be the same player he was before the problems. Essien himself insists he feels better than ever and is hoping to be in contention for a start when Chelsea travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich in the lunchtime kick off on Saturday.

The 29 year old said: ‘It’s been a long while but I’m always positive and I knew I would come back stronger. That’s what I did and I was happy to be on the pitch again. It’s always good to be back after such a long injury, so I’m very happy to be back. My physios and doctors are there for me, I’ve been working hard and I think the hard work has paid off’.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has praised the return of Essien to the side, insisting that it is almost like a new signing for Andre Villas-Boas. Cech revealed that the Blues midfielder has been in a tough place with his injury problems and is hopeful that those worries are now behind Essien. The Ghana star is hopeful to get his place back in the Chelsea midfield, but faces competition from John Obi Mikel and young Spanish anchor Oriol Romeu.

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