Have Chelsea’s title hopes just been dealt a huge blow?

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Many Blues fans thought that they’d be without Didier Drogba permanently this summer, with the Ivorian looking for all the world as though he’d be joining Inter or Milan. After all, while the striker has been prolific in a Chelsea shirt, he’s also regularly spoken of his dissatisfaction of life at Stamford Bridge, especially after Jose Mourinho had been axed last season.

However, Deputy Drog decided to stick around and enjoy the Scolari regime and it’s a massive blow to the side to find that the African forward could be out for up to three months, meaning it could be 2009 before he kicks a ball in anger. The Daily Telegraph report that Chelsea’s Brazilian manager is philosophical about players getting injured, although it’s surely a kick in the teeth given that the striker has managed 50 goals in 88 league starts.

Scolari said: “I don’t know how serious the problem is.

“Injuries in football are normal but I will have to think about our next match at the weekend against Aston Villa. We need to recuperate.”

There are now several Chelsea players on the sidelines, although the likes of John Terry and Joe Cole should return within the next week or two. At least the Blues have a pretty sizeable squad in the first place to cope with these sort of injuries, although will the absence of Drogba mean that the side are struggling for goals in his absence?

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