Michael Essien to now play in midfield for Real Madrid after the return of Marcelo and Coentrao

The 'Bison' is now available for a role in the midfield of Real Madrid set up following the return of Marcelo and Coentrao

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien will return to his favourite midfield position after the recovery of Fabio Coentrao and Marcelo.

The 30-year-old has played as a right-back in Real Madrid’s victories over Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo in the La Liga and Copa Del Rey respectively.

The on-loan Chelsea player was deployed in defence because Madrid had only one fit wing back, Alvaro Arbeloa.

Arbeloa was moved from his favourite right-back to left-back while Essien settled for the right-back position.

But the return of Coentrao and Marcelo means Madrid have three natural wing backs in the team.

Essien who has been named in the 20-man squad to face Osasuna on Saturday night will now play in his usual midfield position.