Saturday, June 5, 2010

After Ballack, Essien Chelsea Star Drogba Could Miss World Cup 2010

Chelsea stars are gradually becoming injury prone ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa. Germany’s Michael Ballack and Ghana’s Michael Essien have already been ruled out of the World Cup as they failed to recover from their respective injuries in time. Now, it seems Ivory Coast may miss their star striker Didier Drogba who recently finished the Premier League as the highest scorer.

Drogba picked up a fracture in his right arm from a challenge by Marcus Tanaka in Friday’s 2-0 win over Japan in Switzerland, and thus, putting his World Cup fate in jeopardy. He left the field on the 18th minute of the game. His availability for the World Cup would perhaps be decided today after seeing a specialist.

The striker has been in excellent form recently with Chelsea and he has been the biggest hope of Ivory Coast ahead of the World Cup Football 2010. If he can not play due to his fractured arm, he would be third Chelsea star to join the treatment room. This would definitely be a cause of concern for Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti ahead of the next season.

Michael Ballack was ruled out of the Summer tournament after suffering an ankle injury during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Portsmouth in the FA Cup final last month, while Ghana international Essien picked up the knee ligament injury while on international duty with Ghana in African Cup of Nations 2010.

News regarding Drogba’s injury is not same in different media. France media yesterday revealed that the Chelsea star’s World Cup hope was gone after he was seen emerging from a hospital. There are some other reports available in the media suggesting that Drogba would undergo a surgery and could be fit in 10 days in what his World Cup hopes would not be over.