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DIDIER DROGBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Didier Drogba couldn’t take part Monday night to a charity match in France due an ankle injury that can rule him out of next game against Arsenal.

He wrote on his Twitter account that, anyway, he is still supporting the campaign to stop Ebola.

So an Arsenal fan attacked him saying:

“You ruled out of your own Charity game because Jose didn’t want u getting injured in the business end of the season, ur scum

Drogba promptly replied:

“I’m already injured if you can read well my friend

An answer that many Chelsea fans would find funny for his spirit, but not so good for the important upcoming game, since also Diego Costa and Remy are not fully fit.


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Chelsea play Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (17:30 KO), in a tie that is huge for both teams.

If Chelsea win, they take a huge step towards winning the title. If United claim the three points, they all but secure Champions League football next season.

Team news

Chelsea: The Blues are set to be without top scorer Diego Costa (hamstring) and Loic Remy (calf).

They have no other injury concerns.

Manchester United: United are still waiting to see if Michael Carrick will be fit, as the midfielder picked up a knock late on against Manchester City last weekend.

Striker Robin van Persie and defender Luke Shaw have returned to training, and could feature in some capacity.



Saturday’s meeting will be the 165th game between the two sides in all competitions. United have the edge, having won 68 of those games. Chelsea have won 48 times, with 50 draws.

The earlier game this season was a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 11 matches (W5, D5), and they are unbeaten at home all season. United have only lost one in their last 10, and they have only drawn one in the same period.

The Reds have won their last six consecutive games, including victories over Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City. They have scored 15 goals and conceded just four times in those games.

United have only won once at Stamford Bridge in 10 previous top-flight fixtures.

As Arsenal don’t play until the 26th April, Chelsea could extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points. United could go into second with a win, but Arsenal would have a game in hand.


Last time out

Chelsea (vs. QPR, away, won 0-1): Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Fàbregas, Hazard, Drogba

Manchester United (vs. Manchester City, home, won 4-2): de Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Blind, Carrick, Mata, Herrera, Fellaini, Young, Rooney






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On-loan Chelsea striker Victor Moses is out for the rest of the season after sustaining an hamstring injury.

After being surplus to requirements at Chelsea, Moses was looking for more regular time on the pitch. He has been loaned out twice since moving to London – going to Liverpool last season and he is now currently on loan at Stoke City.

This season he has excelled and he looks to be a perfect fit at the Britannia. His manager Mark Hughes has been pleased with his performances this season and said:

“It may well be that Victor’s season is over unfortunately because of the type of injury he has got. He might get back but at the moment we’re probably thinking that he won’t make it. It’s a shame because Victor has done really well since he’s been with us.”

Moses has created chances and scored some important goals this season, and Hughes has openly stated that he would like to see the 24-year old striker stay at the Britannia.

“He’ll look back on his time with us and think he’s made an impression and done well and we’d agree with that because he’s been a really important figure for us this season,” added the Stoke manager.

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes seems keen to offer to Chelsea loanee Victor Moses a new deal despite the Nigerian suffering a new hamstring injury.

The 24-year old is on a season-long loan at the Potters, after previously being loaned out to Liverpool since moving to Chelsea from Wigan in 2012.

Moses has made 22 appearances for the Staffordshire side, with four goals.

He has stated that he has enjoyed his time at Stoke, but he is still a Chelsea player. However Stoke boss Hughes has said to still be keen on the striker.

“Because he is an explosive player, the hamstring is always a danger, and so he will always be a bit susceptible to those kind of injuries; but that won’t affect my thinking on other decisions we make with Victor. 

“He has done well for us this season, but he is a Chelsea player and so they decide on the timing of talks.

The striker suffered his third injury of the campaign last Saturday against West Ham, but this will not deter his current manager, who believes in the Nigerian’s qualities as a player.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refused to condemn QPR supporters for throwing objects onto the pitch in yesterday’s game against QPR.

As Cesc Fabregas celebrated his 88th minute goal, which proved to be the winner in the 0-1 Chelsea victory, objects were thrown from the stands housing QPR supporters.

The objects included glass bottles, programmes, scarfs, and lighters.

Multiple coins were also thrown.

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic was reportedly hit by one of the projectiles, with photos showing the Serbian clearly being struck on the back of the neck by a cigarette lighter. In turn, the Blues defender was seen holding the back of his neck in pain.

Ivanovic reported the incident to referee Andre Marriner, and goalscorer Fabregas handed him one of the coins that was reportedly thrown by the home supporters.

But despite the ugly affair, Mourinho didn’t condemn the behaviour of the Loftus Road faithful:

“The game was correct in the pitch and correct in the stands,” he said. “It is not easy in an emotional game.

The Portuguese man added: “If, at the end of the game, someone threw a pound coin, put it in your pocket. If someone threw a chocolate, eat it. It is no problem. Everybody needs a pound.”

However, QPR manager Chris Ramsey criticised those who threw objects:

“We don’t want objects thrown on the pitch.

“I don’t know what happened and I didn’t see it, but if that’s the case [that objects were thrown] we don’t want those people back in the club.”


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Diego Costa had another hamstring injury in the last game against Stoke, the fourth of this campaign: a problem that stopped him already three times in the first three months of the season and that came back with Hull City before international break, where he had to stay in London to recover.

Despite many treatments he had a relapse after just fifteen minutes on the pitch against Stoke and now the stop will be longer, with the Spanish striker missing at least three games, like Mourinho revealed today in his press conference:

We have eight matches to play, if he [Diego Costa] plays four is normal, if he play three is a little below of what I’m expecting, if he plays five is a little more of what I’m expecting

I am not concerned about Diego’s injury I was just on Sunday. I don’t want to think about it until he’s ready to play, you won’t see me crying because we will miss him in the next matches, I don’t to think about it too much“.

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit to face Chelsea at the end of the month.

The 23-year old has been out since November with a serious ankle injury, which he sustained in Arsenal’s game against Manchester United.

The England midfielder has had two major operations on the ankle, but played a full 90 minutes for the Arsenal U21 side against Stoke on Tuesday night.

“You can train as much as you like but you can’t get that match fitness unless you play,” Wilshere said.

“I feel like I’m ready to play some part. When you’re injured you look at your comeback date and the games around that time.

“The one that stands out is the FA Cup semi-final [against Reading on 18 April] but even before that we’ve got big games and we’ve got to go to Manchester United as well [on 17 May] so there’s a chance to play this season.”

Wilshere has made 117 appearances for the Gunners, who currently sit second in the table, seven points off leaders Chelsea.

He may return to the Arsenal squad in the two games before their tie with Chelsea on the 26th April – the North London side play Burnley on Saturday and then Reading in the FA Cup Semi-Final.

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Diego Costa was a key-player for Chelsea in the last season © Francesca Ceciarini

A race against time: the one Diego Costa wil face to try to recover from his hamstring injury for Arsenal clash late this month.

It seems the lesion is a little worse of what imagined and Mourinho already ruled him out for QPR and Man United games in the press conference after Stoke match, but now it appears it will be a miracle if he can recover for Emirates clash on April 26.

The Telegraph claim that Costa will now see a muscle specialist this week to find out the true extent of his the injury before deciding when he’ll be allowed to step-up his recovery and return to training, so we should have a better idea on how long he’ll be out for over the coming days.


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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has flown to Italy for treatment of an injury to his nose.

Fabregas was injured by a flailing arm from Stoke’s Charlie Adam in the 2-1 win, Adam scoring a spectacular goal from 66 yards just before half-time.

The Spaniard won the penalty for Chelsea’s first goal and has been a critical part of the Blues’ push to win the league this season.

However the injury received by Adam left Fabregas bloodied and requiring treatment on the pitch, minutes before Stoke’s equaliser.

The 27-year old took to Instagram earlier today, and was all smiles as his photo showed him and Paco Biosca, the head of Chelsea’s medical department, while travelling to Italy to get treatment – probably a surgery- for his injury.

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The former Arsenal and Barcelona man, who signed for Chelsea last summer for £30 million, is no stranger to nose injuries – he broke his nose whilst on international duty in 2008.

That time, he avoided any operation. However he may be forced into an op with this second injury.

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QPR defender Richard Dunne is set to recover in time for next Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.

This is good news for the Hoops, as Dunne is one of their most experienced players: he’s been out since the beginning of February. In that period Steven Caulker has been a regular while Nedhum Onuoha, Rio Ferdinand and Clint Hill failed to take his spot on a permanent basis.

However, QPR manager Chris Ramsey may not be willing to include the veteran Irish defender. The West London side have won and drawn their last two away games against West Brom and Aston Villa. In both of those fixtures, Caulker and Onuoha were selected, meaning Ramsey may be willing to stick to a formula that works. Dunne wasn’t tested in last night’s match against Villa: he played against Millwall with the U21 side to see if he can be ready for the visit of Chelsea to Loftus Road.


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