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Friday, September 16, 2011

Drogba to miss Manchester United clash

Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that Drogba is set to miss clash versus MU as the Ivorian striker continues to recover from concussion.

Drogba was concussed in a collision with Norwich goalkeeper during Chelsea's 3-1 victory on August 27 and has yet to return to action. The 33-year-old resumed full training with Chelsea's 1st team squad on Friday, but AVB thinks the trip to Old Trafford had come a week too soon for Didier Drogba.

That leaves Villas-Boas to select Torres, Anelka or Daniel Sturridge as the central figure in his attack against the in-form champions. "Didier Drogba had a medium intensity session yesterday (Thursday) and a high intensity session today (Friday) but it's a week too soon to go with him," Villas-Boas stated.

VBA also has a concern over the substitute goalkeeping position as both Ross Turnbull and Hilario - who are competing to deputise for first-choice Petr Cech - have been struggling with injuries. Hilario suffered a hip injury this week and Turnbull is working his way back to fitness after several weeks on the sidelines, but Villas-Boas expects at least one of them to recover in time for the United game.

"Hilario took a big knock to his hip. He went for a scan and we're trying to discover the extent of injury. Turnbull is 80 percent fit after recovering from injury in a reserve game. One of them will be on the bench," Villas-Boas added.

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