Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is expected to face only a short spell on the sidelines following the injury he sustained in Wednesday’s Champions League game against CFR Cluj.
The Ivory Coast international left the stadium of Chelsea’s Champions League opponents with his right leg in a brace after last night’s goalless draw and there were fears that he might be out of action for months.
However, scans yesterday indicated that the injury was relatively minor and would not require surgery.
Further tests are scheduled to take place as the over the next few days but Chelsea remain confident that Drogba will be playing again within weeks.
“Didier Drogba has had two forceful rotations in his knee and ankle. Fortunately he has avoided any significant ligamentous rupture,” the club said.
“He will not be requiring surgery. We will keep him under observation for the next two or three days before putting an estimate on how long he’ll be out, but we’re certainly looking at weeks, not months.”
Even so Drogba’s absence leaves the club’s striking resources stretched and Frank Lampard has described the Chelsea squad as “a little bit thin”.
“Losing Didier will leave us a little bit thin in terms of strikers,” admitted Lampard. “He is a massive player. After being out for a while he was waiting to get his rhythm back but he is a top player. This is a setback.
“We certainly can’t afford any more injuries to this team in certain areas but we have Nicolas Anelka and Kalou up front as well as young Franco di Santo. So we have cover, it’s still a good squad.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea captain, John Terry, is confident he will be fit for Sunday’s game against Aston Villa. Terry suffered a back problem during Wednesday’s game but expects to be fit for Sunday’s game against Aston Villa.
“The problem is my lower back, it’s a bit stiff,” said Terry in the Daily Mirror.
“A few of us were feeling it because of the pitch, it was so hard.
“But I should be fine for Sunday. It’s not too much of a problem, just sore.”