Didier Drogba and Chelsea plan to make the most of his suspension for violent conduct which he picked up in the match against QPR - he is going to have surgery on his arm.
Whilst there was nothing particularly wrong with Didier's arm at the moment, the surgery would enable the medical team to remove six of the eight screws that were put there when he broke his arm. The screws have been causing Drogba increasing discomfort, and he'll be glad to get have them out.
Drogba's straight red against the Rangers means that he will miss three matches. He has already sat out of one (against Arsenal, when he was sorely missed), but with the international break etc, he won't be eligible to play again until 27th November, so the club thought he might has well get the operation over an done with.
Good luck, and get well soon Didier!
We know that at this end of the season, the press will try to do whatever they can to stir things up for clubs, particularly when there’s a battle going on for the title – and this season is no exception.
What I don’t understand though is why any of our players, knowing what the press are like, would give them anything that resembles ammunition. They’ve been using the signing of Fernando Torres as part of their armoury for weeks as it is, so it stands to reason, the slightest sniff of unhappiness and they’ll leap on it.
So, as TheChelseaBlog pointed out yesterday, possibly the worst thing Salomon Kalou could’ve done was to dip out of celebrating either his goal or our win against Spurs and stride off down the tunnel the minute the whistle went. Given that they were playing in the New Chelsea Shirt, you would have thought it was time for him to make a fresh start!
According to the Guardian, Howard Webb is expected to be named as the referee for the key fixture between Chelsea and Manchester United at Old Trafford this Sunday - one which could see the Blues stage a remarkable comeback to go top of the table after trailing by fifteen points in early March. Webb has been widely accused of being biased in favour of Sir Alex Ferguson's team, and so this is being painted as bad news for Chelsea.
I don't think it's really as simple for that, and people who rely on refereeing biases to explain away results are out of their minds. Has Webb made dubious decisions that have benefited United? Yes, almost indisputably. But those were mistakes, not the result of some sort of dark conspiracy (thanks, Mourinho), and are not guaranteed to continue. We may well lose on Sunday, but I simply cannot imagine it being because a professional referee is biased for our opponents.
The Sun in the early hours this morning is reporting that Roman Abramovich wants more "thrilling and sexy football" and intends to bankroll another £80m this summer to bring in players to three areas that have been identified that need bolstering. The three positions are:
* A creative midfielder
* A flying winger
* A solid right back.
The article states the following:
ROMAN ABRAMOVICH is ready to spend another £80million this summer to bring 'sexy football' to Chelsea.
The Russian billionaire wants the Blues to play a more thrilling and attacking style next season.
He made a start by bankrolling the £72m deals for Fernando Torres and David Luiz.
The Blues owner is targeting three main roles - a creative midfielder, a flying winger and a classy right-back - and has told chief executive Ron Gourlay to draw up a wish-list.
John Terry is featured in the Guardian this morning speaking ahead of this Sunday's epic Premier League clash at Old Trafford and is quick to point out although United still have a three point advantage and the advantage of playing at Old Trafford, United know that Chelsea will never give up and the comeback at Old Trafford to beat United 2-1 could end up being key.
"There have been times when they were running away with it. United were 18 points clear at one point [actually 15 on 1 March] which I thought made them out of sight, so to get it down to three points shows what we've done. We certainly never give up and this is the ideal situation for us.