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Blues let Ghana off the hook after injury blow to Essien

CHELSEA are not planning to seek compensation from the Ghana FA over the knee injury that may have ended Michael Essien's season.

The midfielder, who stayed on in Angola to watch Ghana book their passage into the knockout phase of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso yesterday, suffered medial ligament damage in training on Sunday.

Essien's injury is a huge blow to Ghana, but at least they will not be hit by a claim from Chelsea, who could have demanded to be reimbursed for the player's £120,000-a-week wages during his layoff.

Meanwhile, The Africa Cup of Nations was hit by further controversy yesterday when the Mali FA made an official protest to the Confederation of African Football over alleged match-fixing between Angola and Algeria.

© The Times, London