Michael Essien Injury Update

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Michael Essien of Chelsea wins the ball ahead of Carlton Cole of West Ham during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 23, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

As most of you are aware, Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien limped off during the Blues 3-0 win over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge last weekend, taking a knock early and finally being forced off after 57 minutes. With Ramires apparently still unavailable, this forced Chelsea to deploy Yossi Benayoun alongside Frank Lampard in midfield - hardly the most physically imposing combination. But fear not, for Essien should apparently be back for the game against Tottenham Hotspur:

Michael had a minor problem with a tendon above his knee during the West Ham game and came off as a precaution. Scans show no significant issues in that area.

We will look at him over the course of this week with regards to availability for the weekend.

-Chelsea FC club statement. Source: Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle.

Good news for everyone worried about Essien's health. If there aren't any major problems, I can only see him being rested if Ramires is still unavailable, although if the Brazilian comes back I wouldn't mind seeing #5 given some time off. No need to take risks, after all.

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