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Drogba passed fit after calf scan

Didier Drogba
Drogba was carried off with a calf injury on Sunday

Didier Drogba should be fit to play against Wigan on Saturday after a scan revealed no damage to his calf, Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins said.

The Ivory Coast international striker was carried off in the Blues' 3-0 defeat of Tottenham on Sunday.

"He came off with the most horrendous bout of cramp," said Wilkins.

"We thought it was a bit more serious but the scan has revealed there's nothing in there so hopefully he will be okay to take part on Saturday."

Drogba has been central to Chelsea's superb start to the season, scoring five goals in six Premier League games.

He scored the third goal against Spurs at Stamford Bridge before being substituted in the 83rd minute.

Drogba will be rested for Wednesday night's Carling Cup third round clash with Queens Park Rangers, with Chelsea set to hand long-term injury victims Joe Cole and Yuri Zhirkov their first starts of the season.

A knee injury has prevented Zhirkov from playing for the Blues since his £18 million move from CSKA Moscow, while Cole has not played since January because of knee ligament damage.


"They will be very important players for us this season so it's nice to see those two guys back," said Wilkins.

"Any side in the country would miss a player of Joe's calibre because he has that bit of fantasy that can open up defences.

"Zhirkov is a very fluid footballer. He's been out for quite a period but, if he demonstrates half of what he's shown in training, then we've got a very pleasant player on our books."

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see also
Chelsea 1-0 QPR
23 Sep 09 |  League Cup
Ancelotti calm over Drogba injury
20 Sep 09 |  Chelsea
Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham
20 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Drogba signs new Chelsea contract
06 Aug 09 |  Chelsea

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