Unfit Michael Essien Left Out Of Real Madrid’s Squad To Face Betis

Posted On Saturday, 20th April 2013

Michael Essien will not play against Real Betis today.

Michael Essien will not play against Real Betis today.

Micheal Essien was not named in Real Madrid’s 19-man squad to face Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium on Saturday.

The versatile player has been working in the gym after suffering a muscle strain three weeks ago in the UEFA Champions League.

Essien returned to training early this week but did not train with the ball.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho needs a fully fit Essien for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund.

The Ghana international has impressed in a makeshift right-back role and he should recover in time in the absence of Alvaro Arbeloa who is suspended.

Real Madrid Squad:

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Adán and Diego López.

Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo, Albiol and Nacho.

Midfielders: Kaká, Özil, Modric, Callejón, Di María and Casemiro.

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuaín and Morata.