Chelsea striker Didier Drogba undergoes groin surgery

July 24th, 2010

Didier Drogba

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is likely to miss the start of the season after undergoing a groin operation.

The club described the procedure performed on the Ivory Coast international as “minimally invasive”.

And it is expected that Drogba, 31, will return to full training in about three weeks.

That estimate would, however, put him out of the Charity Shield match against Manchester United on 8 August and the start of the Premier League campaign.

A short statement on Chelsea’s official website said he had been troubled by a groin injury for part of last season and the decision to have the operation on Friday was intended to “optimise his rehabilitation”.

Drogba has been a prolific scorer for Chelsea since joining them from French club Marseille six years ago for a reported fee of £24m.

He was on target 37 times during the 2009-10 season to help Chelsea to a Premier League and FA Cup double.

                                                                                                   Source: BBC Sport

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