Michael Essien pull out of training after experiencing groin pains

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Michael Essien at Panathinaikos training

Michael Essien at Panathinaikos training

By El Akyereko Frimpong

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Ghana international Michael Essien had to pull out of Panathinaikos training on Sunday and get on a plane to Munich to undergo a groin surgery. 

The 32-year-old former Chelsea and Real Madrid star had reported to training happily with his team-mates in Athens and was in session when he felt pains and pulled out.

Panathinaikos boss Yannis Anastasiou was hoping to have the experienced Ghanaian enforcer in his squad for the Uefa Champions League third round qualifying tie and as it happened the player has to go under the knife.

See the sequence on how he withdrew from the squad and eventually left for Germany?s capital Munich.

Michael Essien walking into training on Sunday morning Michael Essien walking into training on Sunday morning

Essien happily training with Panathinaikos Essien happily training with Panathinaikos

Essien separated from the squad as he runs with physical trainer Essien separated from the squad as he runs with physical trainer

Essien leaves Panathinaikos training in Athens Essien leaves Panathinaikos training in Athens

Essien at Athens Airport Essien at Athens Airport

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