Didier Drogba will not be fit in time to face Manchester United this weekend, with Andre Villas-Boas confirming the damage to the striker was worse than first thought.
Drogba was knocked immediately unconscious when he fell awkwardly after a clash with Norwich keeper John Ruddy at Stamford Bridge just over a fortnight ago.
He was initially thought to be a possibility to return for the United clash, but Villas-Boas confirmed today that this is now highly unlikely.
"Didier did some damage to his teeth when he fell to the ground,” Villas-Boas said. “So we have given him two games off.
"Everything is okay with the scan. He will be fit again somewhere between the United, Fulham and Swansea game."
The Blues boss already faces a dilemma over striker selections for tonight’s Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen, with both Daniel Sturridge, who scored last Saturday against Sunderland, and the more experienced Fernando Torres vying for a spot in the side.
But Drogba has always been a difficult man for United to stop, whether the match up between Chelsea and the Red Devils were at Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge. The news will no doubt be a blow to Villas-Boas despite other strikers being available.