Chelsea star Didier Drogba says he's over worst of malaria

04 December 2010 01:54
Misfiring Didier Drogba has blamed his poor run of form on his battle with malaria, but insists he is over the worst of the disease and has vowed to get back among the goals.

It was revealed last month that the Chelsea striker, who hasn't scored in the Barclays Premier League since the Blues' 2-0 win over Arsenal at the beginning of October, had been suffering with the illness for several weeks.

Not the top Drog: the Chelsea striker has struggled with illness this season

And Drogba's poor goalscoring form has coincided with Chelsea's on-pitch troubles, which has seen them pick up just four points in their last five games.

'I have lost weight, my body has not recovered fully yet but I am much better,' the 32-year-old striker revealed to Chelsea's official website.

'I am not worried because I know what malaria is, and normally it takes a long time to recover, but I think I am a few weeks ahead of where I should be so I am really happy.

'I really feel good because a few weeks ago I was in a poor condition, I was sick, and now I can make runs and create some good opportunities. It's just the goals that are missing and they will come.

Out of touch: but Drogba insists Chelsea will return to winning ways

'I am doing everything right. 'What I had is not common, it is not something like flu where you have it and a week after you feel good. 'Normally with malaria you are out for two months.

'With the goals, when I score I am not thinking about why or how I scored, so when I am not scoring I shouldn't worry in this way. It is just life, like when you are injured you can't complain too much. It is sad, but it's life and I know I'll be okay.'

Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday knowing that a win will see them return to the top of the Premier League, with Manchester United not playing until the evening.

Gunning for glory: Drogba hasn't scored in the Premier League for two months

And Drogba is confident the champions can return to winning ways.

'It is not quite how we want it to be, but last year we had a similar run and we managed to sort it out, and this year I think it will be the same again,' the Ivorian said.

'This season it is worse because we have a lot of injuries as well, which is not helping. We have a smaller squad, and a younger squad, so with the injuries we have and the younger players it is not easy, but we can do it, we had good results in the past but it is maybe not our moment.

'It is never good to let the other teams pass you because you give them confidence and they know they can do it, but the season is still long and for sure those teams will make some mistakes. I hope we will have a good run of wins.'

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