Drogba ready for Trotters clash

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Andre Villas-Boas reported no new injury concerns as his Chelsea side prepare for their weekend trip to the Reebok Stadium, with the Blues looking for their second Barclays Premier League away win of the season.

The Portuguese tactician will pit his wits against a familiar face, having known Bolton boss Owen Coyle from their time together studying for the same pro-licence course in Scotland in 2007.

But whilst it will be nice to renew acquaintances on the touchline on Saturday, as soon as the whistle blows, Villas-Boas insists it will be back to business as usual, with three points very much the target, following their midweek European excursion.

"We have had two days of recovery sessions, bearing in mind the effort and the delayed flight this week," he revealed.


"We came back from a very strenuous trip but we should be okay as we have enough time to recover, so I think physically the team will respond accordingly so no worries in that sense."

Fernando Torres will begin his three-match suspension, but there is no shortage of strikers available with the recently injured Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge both in good condition.

"Drogba, in terms of fitness, is ready," Villas-Boas continued. "He has been selected for a few games now and we wanted to give him a run in the Fulham game which wasn't possible because of the circumstances of the game.

"Against Swansea we thought about the same but circumstances left us with only the option to bring him in later in the game, but he is in top form and we just have to decide what we want strategically in the game.

"Sturridge is fully fit and the selection decision will be taken tomorrow. He has played his part in the last games apart from Swansea and Valencia and he is a player that we trust."

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