Essien out for up to four weeks

LONDON - Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will be out for three to four weeks after scans revealed a torn hamstring, the Premier League club said on their website on Wednesday.

Essien, 27, was injured in the first half of Tuesday's 2-2 Champions League draw with Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia a few minutes after scoring Chelsea's first goal.

The Ghana international missed most of last season after rupturing knee ligaments but has been a key member of Carlo Ancelotti's team this term.