Essien frustrated by bench role at Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos midfielder Michael Essien is worried by his lack of game time at the club.

The 33-year-old joined the Greek side from Italian outfit AC Milan last summer, but only made 13 league appearances in 30 games for the Greens this season.

“As far as I know, it’s not the case of technical reasons, nor has it to do with injury problems,” Essien told Gazzetta.

“I am healthy and I train every day since October when my injury was getting better. There has been no concerns with injuries in my discussions with the coaching staff.

“It’s not due to technical reasons or any problem related to football. It must be something else, but I guess that is something that must be answered by someone else.

“As for me, I am always ready to fight.”

The Accra-born, however, refuses to curse his decision to move to Greece.

He added: “I don’t regret that I came to Greece to play football.

“I know that things have not worked out as planned, but I have some great friends and people who are always friendly and nice towards me.”

The former Liberty Professionals man has also previously played for the likes of Real Madrid, Bastia, Olympic Lyon and Chelsea with which he won two English Premier League titles in 2005-06 and 2009-10.

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