Belfast Telegraph

Drogba set to return

Didier Drogba looks set to return to lead the Chelsea attack against struggling Wolves on Saturday, but Frank Lampard will have to wait a bit longer for his comeback.

Ivory Coast international Drogba has missed the Blues' last two matches because of a virus but has now resumed full training ahead of the visit of Mick McCarthy's side, third bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Lampard, though, is expected to need more recovery time following his hernia operation which has seen the 32-year-old out of action since August 28.

Assistant first-team coach Paul Clement told Chelsea TV: "The players who played in Moscow [on Tuesday] were given the day off (on Wednesday). The substitutes and players recovering from injury or illness, like Didier Drogba, came in the afternoon and we had a good session with them. Didier looks good and he trained well."

He added: "Frank is progressing really well. He had a terrific session earlier in the week with [assistant fitness coach] Chris Jones doing some individual work, he's really pushing himself.

"Frank is very frustrated and can't wait to get back.

"We have missed him and we look forward to him returning."

Centre-back Alex is not ready to return to the first-team fold as he recovers from a thigh problem.

Fellow Brazilian Ramires missed the midweek Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow because of an ankle injury, but should be back in contention this weekend.


From Belfast Telegraph