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Chelsea ready to let the Drog out

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Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins has predicted Didier Drogba will return with a renewed hunger for goals after watching Nicolas Anelka enjoy a prolific spell in his absence.

The Ivory Coast striker is set to start for the first time in six weeks with Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari ringing the changes for the visit of Burnley in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

"Didier has this in-built determination to succeed," said Wilkins. "I don't think he will lie down lightly, he will come back with all guns blazing."

Drogba has been sidelined with a knee injury sustained against CFR Cluj in the Champions League on October 1 and has been forced to watch Anelka seize the chance to become the club's main goalscorer.

Anelka has hit 11 goals this season but Drogba will return for the fourth-round tie against the promotion-chasing Championship side and Wilkins said the African will be raring to go.

He added: "He has looked very sharp over the last couple of days so he probably feels he is ready to take part in a full 90 minutes.

"It is up to the guy who is in charge of the shirt to make sure he stays in it."

Burnley are currently fifth in the Championship and will arrive at Stamford Bridge full of confidence.

But Wilkins stressed Chelsea are in the mood to go all the way to the final and are still smarting from last season's defeat to Tottenham in the final.

"We want to win, it doesn't matter what game it is," said Wilkins. "We as a club think it is an important competition. That is why will put out a side of extreme quality and hopefully get the job done."

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