The Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti rested his top striker Didier Drogba in the 7-1 demolition against Aston Villa last weekend, and admitted that the Ivorian has a minor groin injury which will probably require some surgery…but not until the season is over.
“He has been living with this problem for three or four months,” said Ancelotti. “Sometimes he has a problem after the game but during the week he is OK. He doesn’t need an operation now. If he has one at the end of the season he will be ready seven days.”
However, Man Utd will be without their own superstriker Wayne Rooney, but Ancelotti doesn’t feel sorry for the opposition, as Chelsea are also suffering from an injury list.
“Above all, you know how I respect him, not only as a player,” said Ancelotti. “For me, he is the best in the world now and very professional. His image is good for football and I like this kind of player. I was sorry for him but I think without Rooney, for us, it is better.”
“Everyone knows how important Rooney is, he is a fantastic player who has had a fantastic season. This injury could be an advantage for us but sometimes a team give more than 100 per cent when a very important player is out. Manchester United have the experience and the players to support the loss of Rooney.”
“We have Essien, Ashley Cole, Bosingwa, Ivanovic and Carvalho all out,” he continued. “Every team has a lot of injuries. I would like Manchester United to use Rooney against us and I would like Fabregas to play for Arsenal, if I could have my players ready.”
At this stage of the season, it’s every man for themselves!