Essien will return for Ghana, just not yet



Chelsea star Michael Essien has not retired from international football and will eventually return to play for Ghana, but he’s not saying when.

The midfielder has been absent from the Black Stars squads for a year now through injury, and has been concentrating on getting fit and playing for Chelsea.

He looked a shadow of his former self against Fulham and has struggled for form this season.

There were rumours circulating that he may make himself available for Ghanas friendly against England at Wembley, but Essien has told Ghana boss, Goran Stevanovic he doesn’t think he is ready yet.

“I told him I will definitely return to the Ghana squad, but we didn’t talk about dates and I didn’t tell him I was available to play in March,” Essien told his own website.

“I am not sure where those stories came from. When I decided to take a break I knew some Ghanaians will be disappointed, but I felt at the time it was the right decision after two horrible injuries.

“Hopefully when I come back into the Ghanaian team the break will be beneficial for the Ghana team and me.”

He added: “I don’t want Ghanaians to believe these and then in March be disappointed that I am not in the team.

“I will definitely return to the team at some point in the future, however, it won’t be for the upcoming games. I haven’t told the coach or anyone else that.”

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