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Didier Drogba diagnosed with malaria

The Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti confirms that his striker is suffering from the disease, but he should play in tomorrow's match against Fulham.

Chelsea's Ivory Coast footballer Didier Drogba celebrates scoring his goal against Arsenal during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London,  England on October 3, 2010. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON    FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo.
Chelsea's Ivory Coast footballer Didier Drogba celebrates scoring his goal against Arsenal during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London, England on October 3, 2010. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo.

Didier Drogba was last night diagnosed as suffering from malaria, his Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed today.

The Ivory Coast striker was thought to have been suffering from a virus in recent weeks but blood tests revealed it was the disease.

Drogba was left out of the starting line-up for the 2-0 defeat at Liverpool but came on as a second-half substitute after complaining of a fever on the eve of the game.

“We found out last night when blood tests showed he had malaria,” said Ancelotti. “I don’t know where he got it from.”

Despite suffering from the disease, Drogba will start against Fulham at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night.

“He had a problem,” added Ancelotti. “He has this virus and, obviously, he lost power and training.

“He lost his condition. He’s had treatment and now he’s ok. He’ll come back immediately in the best condition.

“He suffered, obviously, because he wasn’t 100 per cent but now, after treatment, he’ll be better. He had malaria. He had the tests in the last day, and they showed this kind of virus. Now he’s good.

“I don’t know where he got it from. I gave him a few days off and he went on holiday for a few days, and then he has malaria. But it’s over now. He’s ok.”