Michael Essien has been handed a starting berth against Manchester City

The Bison will finally kick a ball in The Whites jersey after Jose Mourinho named him in the starting eleven against The Citizens
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien will be making his Real Madrid debut against Manchester City on Tuesday evening in the Uefa Champions League.

The 29-year-old was called to duty by Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho as Los Blancos seek to end their poor start to the 2012-2013 season.

The Bison joined the Santiago Bernabeu side on transfer deadline day on a season-long loan deal from English Premier League giants Chelsea.

The Ghanaian is not new to the European inter-club elite tournament and a lot will be expected from him against City.