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i read the article on teh website and thought exactly the same. he's certainly not going to be back any time soon (probably lucky if its before the end of the season).

as you say, the most confusing thing is why he thought he was coming back for inter buy we still don't know when the date is now. does it mean his injury isn't healing, or he's got a weakness in that knee? Or maybe it means the medical team have made a dogs dinner of getting the diagnosis right


Most probably not coming back this season. He's targeting return in the world cup.

Doctor North Stand

The club will leak info to gain maximum publicity, he is probably only a few weeks away. The article says he is training every day but still has fluid on the knee. The swelling will subside and he will be back at top speed.

ian s

essien is perhaps the most important player of all.

Michael Hepp

I think you hit at the heart of the issue when the season started. We needed to be healthy and we just haven't been. Now it seems the injuries are mounting as the heart of the season passes us by. It is hard for me to see us win much this season with all of these injuries. They are mainly defensive players also.

Sad really, so much promise at the start of the season, only to see us struggle with so many injuries. I would like to see the guys finish the season strong and get something from the season.

Paul W13

"The club will leak info to gain maximum publicity"

That would suggest some sort of joined-up communications strategy: if Essien was a few weeks away they would be promoting it endlessly. Interestingly, before the Man City game there WAS a feature on Chelsea TV saying that he and Bosingwa would be back soon. It had clips of Essien training designed to reinforce that view: however, the clips were from pre-season! Another example of the club's propaganda exercises falling down at the first hurdle.

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