Chelsea's Cole: Essien absence hurt title chances

Joe Cole believes the knee injury suffered by Michael Essien earlier this season has hurt Chelsea's Premiership chances.

Joe Cole believes the knee injury suffered by Michael Essien earlier this season has hurt Chelsea's Premiership chances.

Essien has made a stunning return to action after spending almost seven months on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury, scoring in each of his last two matches and giving the Blues a new dimension in midfield.

Cole said: "Essien would have made a difference.

"What we've missed is that little bit of pace in the midfield this year. Any team would miss him because he's our engine room."

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