Chelsea have confirmed that Didier Drogba will be released from hospital today after being knocked unconscious during Chelsea’s 3-1 over Norwich.
The Ivory Coast striker collided with Norwich keeper John Ruddy and left the field on a stretcher with a breathing aid. He suffered “mild concussion” and will be monitored by the Chelsea medical staff over the coming days. There was real worry for the 33 year old after landing in sickening fashion but it seems he will now be ok but is unlikely to feature next week.
Speaking about the injury, Villas-Boas said it wasn’t as bad as first feared.
“The doctor did a great job. We hope for his well-being as a person first. He is showing progressive signs of recovery. I have to be very, very grateful, not only to my players but to the Norwich players and to my medical staff for reacting so quickly to a potentially dangerous situation.”
The injury game during Chelsea’s unimpressive victory over new boys Norwich City. The Blues needed a late Frank Lampard penalty to take all three points after Grant Holt had levelled in the second half. Jose Bosingwa continued his fine form to the season with a fine strike to open the scoring in the first ten minutes and it seemed as if the Blues would go on and convincingly beat the Canaries. It wasn’t to be though and Chelsea’s defensive weaknesses continued as Andre Villas-Boas is yet to get the best from his squad.
Despite Drogba’s injury there were positives for the new manager. New signings Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku both made an appearance off the bench and the former Valencia midfielder Mata opened his account for Chelsea in injury time.
By Ryan Bailey, @ryanbaileysport