Bad injuries seem to be following English clubs around Europe.
On Tuesday, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney were crocked playing for Manchester United against Aalborg, and last night, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba was the big name casualty as the London club drew 0 – 0 away to Cluj of Romania.
Chasing a through ball, the Ivory Coast striker seemed to get his knee caught under his body and has suffered suspected knee ligament damage. Drogba will have a scan later today.
It was a further blow to Chelsea who were playing the game without the services of Deco, Joe Cole, Essien and Carvalho. The one bright spot on the horizon is the imminent return of Ashley Cole who is expected to feature in the Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Speaking on Drogba’s injury and the game itself, the Chelsea coach Luis Felipe Scolari said:
I didn’t see the challenge on Drogba. Injuries come in training and on the pitch. This is normal for players.
We didn’t play well, but one point is better than zero points.
They beat Roma, they are confident, they’re playing at home and they wanted to show to the people they are very good.
Cluj were confident, they wanted to prove something. Maybe they will have a problem in their next game because they ran for 95 minutes.
We knew this and we prepared but we missed one or two times in front of goal.
But in the end I am happy with one point because Didier is out, Terry for 15 minutes played with problems, Alex played 15 minutes with problems.