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Didier Drogba a major doubt for Chelsea clash with Portsmouth

LONDON — Striker Didier Drogba is a major doubt for Chelsea’s home game with Portsmouth in the Barclay Premier League on Wednesday after he picked up a back injury in training today.

The Premiership leading goalscorer, who has already scored 18 goals in just 21 appearances this year, pulled out of the session at Cobham and club manager Carlo Ancelotti said a decision on whether or not he plays will be made on Wednesday.

“We had a problem this morning with Drogba,” Ancelotti said in the Mirror.

“He took a knock on his back and I don’t know if can play.

“We will decide in the morning. We have to look at his condition and will take a decision.”

Should Drogba declared unfit for the game, his fellow Ivory Coast striker partner Salomon Kalou is on standby to join Nicolas Anelka up front.

Meanwhile, despite the current poor run of form from goalkeeper Petr Cech, Ancelotti insisted he still retained faith in the shotstopper.

Ancelotti said: “Every one of us thinks we have one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

“I think Petr is one, at the same level as Buffon, Casillas and the other players. Everyone thinks this. He’s a very professional player and maintains a good control, always. When we do the right things or the bad things.”

By Mark Love, World-Track Global

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