The assistant coach of Ghana Kwesi Appiah says it would be out of place to kick midfielder Michael Essien out of the Black Stars fold.
The Chelsea star remains the topic for discussion in his west African country over his long break from the national team. Essien was granted leave on the orders of former coach Milovan Rajevac in order to gain fitness when he aggravated his injury during the 2010 Nations Cup. He has since not returned, but features for his club regularly.
“Essien is a great player which every coach or country will love to have in a team,” Appiah told the GNA. “This is one person who has served the country very well and if he has asked for time off, it is unfair to accuse him.”
The former Ghana international feels the 28-year-old needs more space and time to make up his mind about when he wants to come back. The Black Stars number 8 has said he would definitely resume his national duties, but remains tight-lipped with the actual date.
“The least we can do for him is to allow him the space until such a time that he feels psychologically and mentally strong to come back.
“This is not the time to rush into conclusions. It is important to give him the time he needs so that when he comes back he can give his very best,” he added.