Jeffrey Schlupp hoping to meet Ghanaian hero Essien when Leicester City meet Chelsea

The Ghanaian striker is yet to be on the same pitch as his compatriot and hopes that 120 minutes of football in mid-week doesn't ruin his dream of playing against the Blues man
Leicester City teenager Jeffrey Schlupp hopes to play against his hero Michael Essien when his side play Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend.

German-born to Ghanaian parents, the 19-year-old striker has made it no secret that he would love to be on the same pitch as fellow Black Stars' player Essien - who is widely regarded to be the best player ever to have come from the African country.

The 29-year-old midfielder featured in all 120 minutes of Chelsea's epic Champions League clash against Napoli midweek and Schlupp is hopeful that Essien makes the line-up, despite only recently coming back from a long lay-off and having played just days before.

Schlupp told reporters: "He is someone I look up to. He is a well-respected player, the national captain and an idol in Ghana so I would love to play against him. To play against someone like him would be an achievement.

"I also look forward to playing with him at some point too.

"He is a great player, but there are a lot of great players in the Chelsea team."

Even if Essien doesn't make interim boss Roberto Di Matteo's squad then Schlupp won't be overly disappointed as being involved in a game of this stature shows to him just how far he has come.

He added: "Chelsea have always been one of the best teams in the country, they have great players. I would be chuffed to be involved in a game like that.

"They are all great players. To be playing against players like that at my age is a great achievement. I am looking forward to it and hopefully I will be involved and we can beat them.

"It will be one of the biggest games I have been involved in if I am selected."