Excuses, excuses

Didier Drogba has been suffering from malaria, Chelsea reveal | Football | guardian.co.uk
Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, has revealed that his striker Didier Drogba has just recovered from a bout of malaria, a disease the club are helping to fight.

The Ivory Coast striker has been on the Chelsea sidelines in recent weeks. This was put down to a virus and the player was only fit enough to be a second-half substitute against Liverpool on Sunday.

But today Ancelotti revealed: "Didier has had problems. He had a virus and lost power in training. We now know what he had was malaria. He was given some time off and came back with malaria.

"Now he's OK and will be back, immediately, in his best condition. He suffered because he was not 100 per cent but after the treatment he will be better."
UPDATE: I should have been clearer. All indications are that he will start against Fulham.
Drogba will start against Fulham tomorrow as Chelsea go into the match determined to bounce back from their defeat at Anfield which has left them just two points clear of Manchester United.

Chelsea will hand late fitness tests to Nicolas Anelka (back) and Alex (knee), but Michael Essien is fit again after a toe injury.

LATER UPDATE: More information from Carlo, via Chelsea's website:
The manager did say Petr Cech will start in goal and that Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda will be the attacking force, with Essien and John Mikel Obi sat in midfield.


  1. So...does he play??

  2. Good question! ;-)

    Yes, he will start. I will update the post.

  3. You da man Jeremy! This blog is top notch. Thanks for the flavor you and Neal add to the Fantasy Game. I dig the blog, the Facebook page, and best of all, the wit and cleverness you two toss in.

    Alright I'm done schmoozing you guys. Still trying to beat the crap out of you in the Bloggers Group 1 =).

  4. FanMan10:37 AM

    Jeremy - what are your thoughts on Reina between the sticks for 9.48? No-one else seems to be looking at him

  5. Anonymous10:44 AM

    What's the name of the Facebook page?

  6. Anonymous11:01 AM


    Yakubu, Crouch, or shift to a defender with Bosingwa.

  7. Thanks, all!

    You can access the Facebook fan page via the box to the right (above) or directly at http://www.facebook.com/fantasypremierleague.

  8. Anonymous12:19 PM

    How about Zhirkov and/or Bosingwa? Will they start? The Chelsea CS is written all over the place. Just need to get on the wagon.


  9. Daniel1:17 PM

    & Zhirkov???

  10. Hey-Hey! Goals from both VDV and Gyan already. That's more from my first two players this week than I had from my whole team the past two weeks.

  11. Anonymous6:38 AM

    Javier Hernandez dropped from Manchester United team for derby showdown but Giggs, Scholes, Rafael and Berbatov return


  12. Anonymous6:46 AM

    Manchester City skipper Carlos Tevez could miss derby game against United


  13. Well would he play...Thats the million dollar question here????