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Lukaku tires of Drogba comparison, Kelly aims for a quick return and Milner's toe aches

Chelsea's loaned-out striker Romelu Lukaku is tiring of the comparisons to Didier Drogba.

Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku, left, on loan to West Brom Albion, does not want to hear any more comparisons of himself to Didier Drogba.
Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku, left, on loan to West Brom Albion, does not want to hear any more comparisons of himself to Didier Drogba.

West Brom

Chelsea's young striker Romelu Lukaku says he has had enough of being compared to Didier Drogba and wants to carve out his own reputation in football during the next decade. Lukaku is on a season-long loan at West Bromwich Albion and scored the winner on his full Premier League debut for the club against Reading. Lukaku, 19, said: "Am I fed up being compared with Drogba? Yes. In the beginning it was nice to hear that, but every player wants to make his own name. I want to make my own name. Drogba was my big idol and so was my father [Roger], who also played in Belgium. I looked also to my father but really I want to make my own style of play, I want to be myself. I want the people to say 'this is Roman Lukaku, not the new Drogba'. I just want to be me and hopefully I will have a big career, but I want to do well now for this club and then we will see."

Liverpool

Martin Kelly hopes to return to action next year after injuring his knee in Liverpool's 2-1 defeat Sunday by Manchester United, the defender said yesterday. Kelly was forced off the pitch after falling awkwardly. "What I can say is it's not the worst injury I've had and for sure I'll be fighting for my place next year when I'm back fitter and stronger," Kelly said on his Twitter account.

Chelsea

Chelsea will play either the winners of the Asian Champions League or the Mexican side Monterrey in the semi-finals of December's Club World Cup in Japan, after the draw for the tournament was made by Fifa. The identity of the team representing Asia in the annual intercontinental competition will not be known until the November 10 Asian Champions League final. The victors are likely to tackle South American champions Corinthians in the final.

Manchester City

James Milner was seeing a specialist on Monday after missing Sunday's 1-1 draw against Arsenal with a toe problem. Roberto Mancini, the manager, says he does not know how long the midfielder might be out for, saying: "Milner has a problem in his toe. He has pain. He will see a specialist on Monday and after that we'll decide what to do." Maicon also missed Sunday's clash after taking a kick in last week's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid and will miss Tuesday night's Capital One Cup tie against Aston Villa, when Mancini is expected to rest many of his senior players.

Aston Villa

Paul Lambert, the Aston Villa manager, could be forced to make at least one change for Tuesday night's Capital One Cup tie against Manchester City. The midfielder Stephen Ireland could miss out on a return to his former club after he left the pitch in the 4-1 defeat by Southampton with a suspected broken arm.

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