Didier Drogba is doubtful for Arsenal clash after missing charity match with injury

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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has pulled out of charity match with an ankle injury which means that the club could be without any recognised strikers for their Premier League game against Arsenal this weekend. 

Injury Doubt

The Blues are already missing top-goalscorer Diego Costa and Loic Remy through injury and Drogba was set to lead the line again at the Emirates, but now looks set to miss out after tweeting about his injury. 

The Ivorian forward played the full 90 minutes in both of Chelsea's victories over Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United, but is now seriously in doubt for Sunday's trip to the Emirates. 

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The only player that could possibly fill the void for Chelsea is 17-year-old Dominic Solanke. But with only one first-team appearance, it is unlikely Mourinho will throw the England under-18's striker in at the deep end. 

Solanke was amongst the substitutes for the victory over United, but Mourinho is yet to reveal whether or not the youngster could play a part this weekend. 

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Meanwhile Chelsea need only nine points from their remaining six games to guarantee a first Premier League title in five years.

However, they could be celebrating a title win as early as April 29 if they secure wins at Arsenal and then against Leicester City.

Emerging talent

A striker that could be welcomed back into the team next season is Patrick Bamford.

The 21-year-old has been in sparkling form for Middlesbrough this season, and was last night named as Championship player of the year. 

The 21-year-old has been in prolific form for the Teessiders this season with 17 goals in 37 games and has a conversion rate of over 20 per cent. He has also created 26 chances for his team-mates.

Will Chelsea struggle without Drogba and can Bamford make a difference for Chelsea next season? 

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