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Drogba to get Chelsea run out

November 12, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will get his first start in six weeks as manager Luiz Felipe Scolari rings the changes for the visit of Burnley in the Carling Cup.

Didier Drogba
GettyImages / MikeHewittDidier Drogba: Back from injury but out of the team.

The Ivory Coast striker has been sidelined with a knee injury, sustained against CFR Cluj in the Champions League on October 1, and has been forced to look on as rival forward Nicolas Anelka has seized his chance to become the club's main goalscorer.

But Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins has predicted Anelka's prolific spell will inspire Drogba to return with a renewed hunger for goals.

"Didier has this in-built determination to succeed," said Wilkins. "I don't think he will lie down lightly, he will come back with all guns blazing."

Anelka has impressed with 11 goals this season but Drogba is expected to make his mark against promotion-chasing Championship side Burnley.

"He has looked very sharp over the last couple of days so he probably feels he is ready to take part in a full 90 minutes.

"It is up to the guy who is in charge of the shirt to make sure he stays in it."

Wilkins stressed Chelsea are in the mood to go all the way to the final and are still smarting from last season's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the final.

"We as a club think it is an important competition. That is why will put out a side of extreme quality and hopefully get the job done," said Wilkins. "We want to win, it doesn't matter what game it is."

"You enter a competition to win it. We want to win it big time. It is all about winning trophies when you are at a big club.

"Last year, the lads finished second in the Premier League and reached the final of the Champions League and Carling Cup but they didn't win anything.

"They are smarting from not winning anything last year. They just want to win. They have that attitude and are extremely professional young men."