MICHAEL Essien has been omitted from Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the Champions League group stage.
Essien was out on loan at Real Madrid last season but returned to Stamford Bridge with boss Jose Mourinho this summer.
The 30-year-old is yet to make an appearance in the blue shirt this term though as Mourinho has so far overlooked the Ghana star.
New signings Willian, Marco van Ginkel, Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle have all made the cut and are eligible for European selection.
Chelsea kick-off their Champions League campaign at home to Basel on September 18.
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