Ghana and Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien is back after a six-month injury layoff, returning for the Blues' reserves on Monday.

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He made his first appearance of the season and played 75 minutes in the Chelsea reserves side that lost to West Bromwich Albion 3-2.

Essien had suffered another injury weeks before the start of the current Barclays premier league season. According to the official website of the club, it was a comfortable outing for Essien and was another step in his rehabilitation. He is not yet working with the first team and is expected to be back training with the squad towards the end of the month.

“The returning Essien had been a peripheral figure for much of the first half, but his influence began to grow as he cleverly used his experience to retain possession and break up play.

The Ghanaian came close to scoring when his header from a Chelsea corner missed the net by inches. His return to action will be crucial to Chelsea’s quest to win the Champions League for the first time in the history of the club.