Essien: I’m not 100% fit


Former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien is delighted with his return to competitive action as he marked his debut for Greek side Panathinaikos in their 1-0 loss to Iraklis.

The Ghana international joined the Greek club four months ago after he left AC Milan but was prevented from making his debut by a knee injury.

However, Essien is happy with his return to the pitch but admits that he is not yet at his best yet as he needs more game-time to achieve that.

“It was very nice prancing around the field after so long. I will do everything to reach the standard required,’ the 32-year-old told

“I am 60-70%, but if I start playing consecutive games, will find the pace I need and everything will be better.”

Essien joined Panathinaikos in the summer after leaving AC Milan but was restricted by recurrent injuries.

Michael Essien began his comeback earlier this month when he was involved for the 1-1 friendly draw against Levadiakos.