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Didier Drogba escapes serious injury in Emirates Cup clash

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Didier Drogba might have anticipated a warm reception on his first playing return to London this weekend, but the Galatasaray striker was lucky not to leave the English capital on a stretcher, following a high-boot horror challenge in yesterday's Emirates Cup match against Porto.

Charging down a hoofed ball forward, the Ivory Coast star clashed with outrushing goalkeeper Fabiano, the 6ft 6in Brazilian smashing straight into Drogba, leaving him poleaxed on the edge of the box.

Thankfully, the 35-year-old escaped serious injury, and managed to play out the rest of Galatasaray's 1-0 win over their Portuguese opponents, courtesy of a second-half penalty from Felipe Melo.

Fabiano meanwhile, went unpunished for his dangerous tackle on the Chelsea legend, with the referee's lenience put down to the fact it was a pre-season encounter.

In the tournament's other game on Saturday, host club Arsenal came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Napoli, meaning Arsene Wenger's side will win the Emirates Cup with victory over Galatasaray on Sunday, after Porto defeated Napoli 3-1 earlier today.

Watch footage of Fabiano's high-boot horror challenge on Didier Drogba in the video below - and have your say on whether you think the goalkeeper should have been sent off in the comment box provided...

 

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