Didier Drogba remains a "very valuable member" of Chelsea's squad, according to assistant first team coach Ray Wilkins.

The Ivory Coast international - a reported transfer target for Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan - was axed from the squad for the FA Cup third-round replay at Southend, in which the Blues came from behind to record a 4-1 victory.

But the decision to leave out the striker was nothing more than tactical according to Wilkins, who said: "That was just a selection policy of Felipe (Scolari). We have a very big squad, some exceptional players and Felipe felt Nicolas was the man to take the field tonight."

He added: "Whether Didier will be included at the weekend, we don't know, but he is certainly a very valuable member of our staff.

"I do not know whether Felipe has met with Didier, but from what I have seen on the training pitch, it certainly does not give to the fact they are at breaking point."

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