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Malaria can't stop Drogba

  • AP, Wednesday, November 10, 2010 1:20 AM

Didier Drogba will in the starting lineup when Chelsea faces Fulham Wednesday even though blood tests on Monday evening revealed he has malaria.

The 32-year-old Ivorian played Sunday at Liverpool despite suffering a fever. He has has started to use medication that should free him of the illness within 48 hours. No one is sure when Drogba came down with the illness, but it could have been in his system since the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in January.

"Didier has had difficulty training for the last month," said Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti. "He didn't feel good and didn't have the power or ability to train properly. I think he lost some conditioning. He was unselfish by still playing when he was not at 100 percent but now he has been diagnosed we have the possibility to improve his condition. Malaria was serious once. Now it's a bit different as you can treat it very well and move on very quickly. He is resolving the problem."

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