The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has issued a statement to express the country’s sympathy with Michael Essien after suffering injury on his first day of return to Chelsea for pre-season.
The GFA has vowed to be supportive of the Chelsea powerhouse as tests are being carried out for the full extent injury.
Chelsea issued a statement only to confirm that the player suffered a right knee injury while training the club on Friday.
Even though the full extent of injury is not known, the GFA says Ghanaians are praying that the injury is not serious.
“The GFA and Ghanaians express their sympathy to Michael Essien in this difficult time and remain hopeful that, further tests would not rule him out for long,” the GFA statement signed by president Kwesi Nyantakyi read.
“We stand by him and wish him a full and speedy recovery.
“The GFA is going to follow his progress closely to have news of his recovery.”
He suffered the injury at the same place that ruled him out of last year’s World Cup in South Africa and most parts of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
Essien has been troubled by knee injuries in the past and it has been suggested that the problems have decreased his impact as a player.
The 28-year-old was unavailable for a large chunk of the 2008/09 season due to cruciate knee ligament damage.
Essien then suffered a medial ligament injury at the African Nations Cup last year and missed the 2010 World Cup as a consequence.