Medical experts have said that striker Didier Drogba should make a full recovery from malaria. The Ivorian striker has missed the last few games for Chelsea and it had been assumed this was due to a virus, but malaria was diagnosed earlier this week. One GP, however, told Goal.com that there can never be any guarantees with the disease.
Dr. Niall Dove of BMI The Syon clinic told the website: “You can never guarantee with malaria unfortunately, and he will have to have his blood monitored to make sure it’s ok. None of the treatments are guaranteed, that is the problem with malaria. But if he’s treated well he should be ok.”
Blues Brazilian interest.
The Daily Mail this morning reporting that Chelsea are looking to step up their interest in Brazil U-23 international Breno. The Blues were reported to be interested in the 21-year-old back in March, and scouts were watching when he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury while playing on loan for Nuremberg.
He is still recovering from the injury and is reported to be “a few weeks away from fitness.” Breno signed for current parent club Bayern Munich for £11m in 2008.
Chelsea duo Alex and Nicolas Anelka are doubtful for the Blues’ West London derby clash with Fulham this evening. Alex has sustained a knee injury, while the Frenchman is feeling the effects of a back problem. The pair look likely to join Frank Lampard on the absent list, though the champions have been boosted by the news that Michael Essien looks set to return from the toe injury which kept him out of the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield at the weekend.
Didier Drogba is likely to feature despite suffering from a bout of malaria. If results go their way this evening, the Blues can extend their lead to as much as five points should they beat the Cottagers and second-placed Man United fail to win at the home of their local rivals City.