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Didier Drogba's fever adds to Chelsea injury problems

Didier Drogba
Drogba has scored six goals for Chelsea this season

Chelsea have suffered another blow with striker Didier Drogba ruled out of Saturday's Premier League match at Aston Villa because of a fever.

Drogba, 32, has been on antibiotics and could also miss Tuesday's Champions League group tie at Spartak Moscow.

Boss Carlo Ancelotti is already without Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou, Alex, Daniel Sturridge and Yossi Benayoun.

"It is a test because without important players we have to show our quality," Ancelotti told the club's website.

"I always said that I am happy to have this squad with these kind of players. I am not concerned about this."

He added: "Drogba had a fever this week and was not able to train.

"He started today [Friday] but is not fit. He took antibiotics in the last days and needs to train next week, and I'll know if he is available for the game in the Champions League."

Midfielder Lampard has not played since his hernia operation on 31 August.

Drogbas Golden Boot

"He is getting better but he needs to have some weeks again, maybe two weeks to be fit 100%," said Ancelotti.

"He had a problem on his adductor and we have to pay attention."

Defender Alex and strikers Kalou and Sturridge could be back in action next week according to the Blues boss.

Alex injured his thigh during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal on 3 October, while Kalou damaged his calf in the Carling Cup defeat against Newcastle on 22 September and Sturridge has picked up an ankle injury.

Ancelotti also said he was shocked when Benayoun's torn Achilles tendon was discovered while the midfielder was on international duty with Israel earlier in October.

The injury puts Benayoun out of action for six months.

"We are sure that when he left England that he didn't have a tear on his tendon, we are sure of this," stated Ancelotti.

"He had a problem on his calf, and the MRI showed this, but the tendon was clear."

Chelsea are four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and head their Champions League group on goal difference from Spartak Moscow, having won both matches so far.

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see also
Aston Villa 0-0 Chelsea
16 Oct 10 |  Premier League
Benayoun ruled out for six months
13 Oct 10 |  Chelsea
Chelsea lose Alex for three weeks
05 Oct 10 |  Chelsea
Lampard eyeing return to action
05 Oct 10 |  Chelsea
Ancelotti concerned by injuries
22 Sep 10 |  Chelsea

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