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Ancelotti Delighted With Essien’s Goal Scoring Return

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with Michael Essien’s goal scoring return against Crystal Palace yesterday.

Ghana international midfielder Essien, who was out since December with a cruciate knee ligament injury and who also missed his country’s World Cup heroics, managed an hour as Chelsea kicked off their pre-season.

Essien, now age 27, who started in a side made up mostly of reserve team players like Ryan Betrand, scored with a left-foot shot from the edge of the area and was substituted immediately afterwards.

Ancelotti said: “Michael is very important to this team. He has come back very well and is a fantastic player.”

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