Injury-hit midfielder Michael Essien is looking forward to a hard pre-season as he targets a regular spot in Chelsea's starting line-up.
The 29-year-old has picked up a number of frustrating injuries since joining The Blues from Lyon in 2005, with the latest a serious cruciate ligament injury last July which kept him out of the game until January this year.
On Essien's return last season the Ghanian struggled to nail down a starting place, and was on the bench as the men from West London were victorious in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
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Looking ahead to the next Premier League campaign, Essien is determined to make the most of pre-season.
"It is hard during the season if you miss pre-season," Essien told Chelsea's official website.
"And so it is good to start and hopefully finish the whole pre-season. So I am looking forward to that and we will see what happens.
"So far so good and I am looking forward to the season."
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