Ghana midfielder supremo Michael Essien has told coach Goran Stevanovic he will return to the Black Stars for next monthâ€™s crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo, Ghanasoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The Chelsea star player told the Serbian coach of his return to the team on Thursday during a telephone conversation.
This means he will be available for the friendly against England three days the game in Brazzaville.
Essien took a temporary break from international duties last year but did state his exact return date, sparking fears of a decision to retire permanently from the team.
The soft approach of the Serbian manager is yielding the desired results as the Chelsea star spoke with the new coach Â on Thursday to assure him of his commitment to his country.
â€œI spoke with Michael Essien a few moments ago and he has confirmed that he will return to the squad for our next game, Stevanovic told Ghanasoccernet.com on Thursday.
â€œThis is good news for all of us because for a long time we have not had all of our players because of injuries and a combination of other factors.
â€œEssien is a key player for Ghana and I am delighted that like all the other players of the Black Stars he wants to play and help his country.
â€œIf we deploy all our best players we should be able to improve on our recent good results and performances.