It has been revealed today that Michael Essien will not be registered as part of Chelsea’s Champion’s League squad with the new signings of Willian, Marco van Ginkel, Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle all ebing included.
Michael Essien spent all of last season on loan at Real Madrid under new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho making a total of 34 appearances in all competitions but has yet to feature for Chelsea this season.
Essien moved to Chelsea in 2005 from Lyon, the Ghanaian international has mad 163 appearances for Chelsea as well as 49 appearances in European competitions but will not feature in this seasons Champions League group stage. Essien could feature in the Champions League but it would be after the group stages at the earliest and this appears to be unlikely.
Chelsea face Basel, Schalke and Steaua Bucharest in Group E of the Champions League, last year Chelsea were knocked out of the group stages and went on to win the Europa League.