Stamford Bridge goal machine has been suffering for a month with deadly disease.
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Didier Drogba has been suffering from malaria for at least a month.
The 32-year-old Chelsea striker first complained of feeling unwell before the October international break but the illness was only diagnosed on Monday.
He did not start at Liverpool on Sunday after suffering a fever but played the second half of the 2-0 defeat.
Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti said he was unsure how Drogba picked up the tropical disease, but is now fine and will start against Fulham on Wednesday.
“We found out [on Monday] when tests showed he had malaria,” Ancelotti stated.
“He has this virus and, obviously, he lost power and training.
“He lost his condition. He’s had treatment and now he’s OK. He’ll come back immediately in the best condition.
“He had malaria. He had the tests in the last day, and they showed this kind of virus. Now he’s good.” He was already feeling unwell before flying to Africa to watch his country take on Burundi on 9 October.
A fever then ruled him out of the 0-0 Premier League draw at Aston Villa on 16 October and the following week’s Champions League trip to Spartak Moscow.
Drogba has played four times for the Blues since then but has not scored from open play.
Having finally diagnosed the problem, Chelsea have insisted the striker will be firing on all cylinders within days. (BBC Sport)
So that explains that then. It shows just how much ability the Ivorian has that he can still turn in decent displays at the highest level whilst suffering with a potentially deadly virus. Didier Drogba has of course not been in the greatest period of form but has still pitched in and battled on to help his side.
Hopefully this high profile case can help bring some much needed attention to a disease that kills thousands of people every week. To learn more about the disease and to make a donation visit the UN Foundation by CLICKING HERE.