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 By Ian Holyman
Aug 11, 2014

Didier Drogba injury concern

Didier Drogba looks likely to miss the start of Chelsea's Premier League campaign after suffering an ankle injury in Chelsea's 2-1 friendly win over Ferencvaros

Didier Drogba looks likely to miss the start of Chelsea's Premier League campaign after suffering an ankle injury.

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Drogba, 36, limped out of Chelsea's 2-1 friendly win over Ferencvaros in Budapest on Sunday -- his first start since rejoining the club -- with a twisted ankle.

Media reports claim the ex-Galatasaray forward will be sidelined for two weeks, meaning he would be unavailable for the Blues' opening league fixture with Burnley on Aug. 18.

Drogba, who won three league titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League in his first stint at Stamford Bridge, will be able to focus fully on his club efforts after announcing his retirement from international football last week.

He scored 65 goals in 105 international appearances for the Ivory Coast, the last of which was made at the World Cup in Brazil, but said he felt he should give The Elephants a chance to develop their younger talents.

"It's the right time to stop and move over for the youngsters and build a team for the future," he told Canal+.

"I was immensely proud to be captain of the team."

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