Essien ruled out for the World Cup

27 May

Ghana and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has been ruled out of the World Cup after struggling to recover from a knee injury.  Essien suffered the injury during the African Cup of Nations and ended up missing the second half of the Premier League season.  It was hoped that he would be healthy in time to play a role in South Africa, but no such luck.

It’s a big blow for Ghana as group D is no cakewalk as they’ll go up against Australia, Germany and Serbia.  Even without Essien, Ghana has the potential to make it to the second round like they did in 2006.  And as Grant Wahl points out via twitter, Ghana did reach the African Cup of Nations final without Essien.

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