Didier Drogba made his final appearance for Chelsea today, having previously declared he is leaving the Blues for the second – and final – time in his career.
The striker began the match in the starting XI but he was substituted in the first half after he suffered an “injury”. Drogba was then emotionally carried off the pitch by his team-mates.
Initially it was feared that the player had injured himself, but it now seems that the club had been planning the substitution in this particular way.
The 37-year-old has made 27 appearances in the league this season and has played the full-game on just five occasions. He has made 20 appearances as a substitute and found the back of the net on four occasions.
“Told that Didier Drogba’s special substitution was planned – he wasn’t injured,” stated the journalist Jack Pitt-Brooke on twitter.