Allergic reaction hits Essien

Real Madrid have confirmed that Michael Essien has been
unavailable for recent matches after having an allergic reaction to
medicine he was given by the club.

The Ghanaian midfielder is on loan at the Spanish champions from
Chelsea and put in some impressive performances in the opening
weeks of the campaign.

However, Essien has not played since November 11 and Real had
previously kept quiet about the reasons for his absence until
assistant coach Aitor Karanka explained the situation.

“He has had an allergic reaction to some medicine,” Jose
Mourinho’s right-hand man told reporters.

Karanka also confirmed that Real are not currently putting a
timescale on when Marcelo and Gonzalo Higuain will return from a
broken foot and thigh injury respectively.

“Marcelo’s injury is a long one and it depends on how things
evolve,” he added. “Today or tomorrow he will come out of the

“Gonzalo’s injury is muscular. We have to be careful and judge
the best time for him to return.”