The Chelsea midfielder's father who was kidnapped in Nigeria more than a week ago has been rescued by the Nigerian police. Michael Obi was found in the northern city of Kano and six of his captors were arrested. His face bore the marks of a number of beatings that he said he had to endure at their hands.
Got to hand it to Mikel who continued to play his matches against Stoke and West Brom without showing signs of strain at his father's ordeal. Andre Villas-Boas was all praise for his player's professionalism.
Mikel released this statement after his father's rescue:
"John Obi Mikel would like to thank everyone in Nigeria, his family and friends, Chelsea FC and their fans and his agents for their total support during this terrible time."