Michael Essien is set to debut for Real Madrid in this Saturday's La Liga encounter with Sevilla.
The combative Ghanaian signed for Los Blancos on loan on transfer deadline day but was not expected to feature so soon given his knee issues.
However AS report that Essien has taken advantage of not being called up by his country over the international weekend to train hard at Valdebebas, with Jose Mourinho said to be so impressed that he is giving serious consideration to starting his former Chelsea pupil in the clash at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this Saturday night.
“Essien is like a kid with new shoes,” a club insider is quoted as saying.
“At Chelsea he was unfortunate with injuries but now he knows Mourinho has given him a second chance in the elite of football.”