Belfast Telegraph

Drogba worry for Chelsea

Chelsea are hoping Didier Drogba will be fit for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at West Brom after the striker was forced to pull out of the Ivory Coast squad.

Drogba limped out of the Blues' 3-0 victory over Bolton on Saturday with an injury to his right knee and will be monitored in the build-up to this weekend's trip to the Hawthorns after withdrawing from his country's friendly against Guinea on Wednesday.

The Wanderers win was only the striker's third game since he returned from African Nations Cup duty, with Chelsea struggling for goals in his absence.

He was replaced by Fernando Torres for the final 14 minutes on Saturday, during which the £50million man extended his scoreless run to 21 club matches.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas has ruled out sending Torres out on loan, even if it gave him a better chance of playing at Euro 2012.

Another player who has admitted finding it difficult to settle after moving to Stamford Bridge is January signing Gary Cahill.

The England defender has found himself thrown in at the deep end following an injury to captain John Terry and finally enjoyed his first Chelsea victory and clean sheet against his former club on Saturday.

He told Chelsea TV: "I'm not going to lie and say it's been fantastically easy. We have had some sticky results of late and I have been plonked straight in the middle of it all. It has been difficult.

"Moving mid-season to a new club would be hard anyway, what with having to move house and everything that comes with it, but you just have to get on with it and put in some consistent performances.

"There is an expectation level from the fans and rightly so. They expect us to win games and come and watch good football. There is nothing wrong with that and as players we have to try and produce that. They will be a lot happier with that performance against Bolton."


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