Ghanian international, Michael Essien has had his loan spell at Real Madrid cut short albeit temporarily, to return to Chelsea for treatment on a presistent injury.
The 29-year-old who was mostly used as a substitute, joined ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu at the beginning of the season, but the Ghanaian has been on the sidelines since November 11.
Essien’s return to west London is the latest effort aimed at improving his rehabilitation process.
Real Madrid’s assistant manager, Aitor Karanka, revealed that Essien’s inability to respond to rehab in Spain is the principal reason for his return to Stamford Bridge.
“Essien is not injured but is suffering from an allergic reaction to a drug,” Karanka was quoted as saying.
Essien who was once an integral member of the Stamford Bridge outfit, has struggled with injury troubles over the last few seasons, and only managed to make 14 appearances last season. His limited availablity meant that he was dropped in the pecking order as Ramires, John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard got the nod ahead of him in the team.
But Real Madrid are confident that this latest injury spell can be addressed quickly, and that Essien will return to the Bernabeu to continue his loan spell in the New Year.