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Soccer News of Thursday, 22 October 2015


Essien trains with Panathinaikos

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien Ghana midfielder Michael Essien

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien stepped up preparations ahead of Panathinaikos derby against Platanias in the Greek Super League on Saturday.

The 32-year-old returned to full scale training and worked out under the guidance of physical trainer John Voss Anastasiou.

The former Chelsea and AC Milan star also worked out in the gym as he fight to regain full fitness ahead of the big game this weekend.

Essien has not played competitive game for Panathinaikos since he joined as a free agent in the summer.

The Ghana international has struggled with recurrent injuries, blocking his chances of turning out for the Greek giants.

He will be hoping to pass the fitness test ahead of his side’s home game against Platanias in the biggest match of the weekend.