Chelsea’s Michael Essien: I pray for an injury-free season

The ‘Bison’ wants to spend another season at the Stamford Bridge now that he feels he is “coming back to what [he] used to be”
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is hoping for a clean bill of health in the new season in order to maintain a permanent slot in the Blues’ setup.

The 29-year-old Ghana international has suffered a series of knee injuries making it difficult for him to gain a starting role at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the Telegraph, at the end of Chelsea’s pre-season tour to the United States, Essien said, “The injuries I have had are just part of the game and when they happen you just have to get yourself back.”

“But I’m now available and will be there when the manager calls on me. I’ve not set myself any targets. I just pray to be injury-free, I’m very calm. I don’t talk much, but put me on the pitch and I will do my best.”

The ‘Bison’ gave the strongest indication that he will be interested to spend the next term in London, despite uncertainty over his future.

“My intention is to stay and I’m looking forward to a new season. I still have two more years here. I’m still here, I’m still around,” he pointed out.

“I feel now that I am coming back to what I used to be. It’s been a long road but I am almost there.”