Chelsea captain John Terry believes that Didier Drogba is back to his best after his recent bout of malaria.
Drogba paved the way for an emphatic 4-0 victory against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Monday night with a magnificent opening goal from 30 yards before Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka and Ramires also got in on the scoring act to hand the Blues their first win on the road since October.
Terry is determined that they will not give up their Barclays Premier League crown without a fight and is confident that they can mount a strong challenge to Manchester United and others in the coming weeks. And vital to that, in the eyes of the England defender, is their attacking options - and particularly having Drogba up and running again.
Terry said: "I think he is over the malaria now. I have never had it myself but speaking to people and the doctor here, it does knock you for six. Fair play to him, he could have taken two months out but he never did, he wanted to keep on fighting for the team. He knew we were lacking in options in the whole squad and he wanted to put his body on the line for the club. We really appreciate that.
"He has taken a bit of stick as we all have over the past few months but we have stayed together. We know that he is capable of goals like that, and many more."