Michael Essien to return slowly

Michael Essien
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Chelsea believe that Michael Essien may not return to first-team action until next month.

Chelsea have admitted that Michael Essien will have to take his time returning to first-team action for the club.

The Ghana international managed to play 75 minutes against a West Brom reserves side but the 29-year-old is determined not to rush his recovery.

Essien has not played a part in Chelsea's season due to a knee ligament injury picked up in July.

The West London club believe that the former Lyon midfielder may not return until next month.

Andre Villas-Boas's side are currently fourth in the Premier League.

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