Chelsea might be forced to start Didier Drogba up front against United

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Chelsea are set to start Didier Drogba up front when they face Manchester United in a Premier League blockbuster tie at Old Trafford on Sunday. 

Manager Jose Mourinho is in a bit of a predicament, as both first choice strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy have been sidelined with injuries.

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Striker crisis

The Spaniard Costa missed Chelsea's game against Crystal Palace on Saturday and the 6-0 demolition of Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday after aggravating a long-standing hamstring injury on international duty. 

Remy meanwhile injured himself scoring the Blues opening goal against Maribor. The Frenchman scored his first goal for the club as he picked up the ball on right side of the box and made an exquisite cut inside before producing a fine finish that saw the ball soar past Maribor goalkeeper Jasmin Handanović and found the bottom corner of the net.

But instead of celebrating the striker immediately signalled to the bench to be taken off in what appears to be a groin injury. Now this leaves Mourinho with just Drogba as the club's only genuine striker.

Mourinho's statement

According to the Daily Mirror, Mourinho said: "Loic has a muscular injury. I don't know the dimension and I'm not worried. When a player is injured - play another one.

"We don't cry on injuries. It's our philosophy, we don't cry. We just think one injury means an opportunity for somebody else."

When asked if Remy or Costa have even a remote chance of making the squad against Manchester United, Mourinho said:  "No, I don't expect. No. Or another one. I don't like to speak about injured players.

"Tomorrow is day off and the doctor is forbidden to call me to speak about injuries. I don't want to speak about injuries or Manchester United. I don't want to know."

No problems with Drogba

The Portuguese tactician further went on to reveal that he would have absolutely no problem starting Drogba in a game as he sees the Ivory Coast legend more than capable to last full 90 minutes of a game.

"I was not expecting him to play 75 minutes. I spoke with him yesterday and we spoke about 30. But circumstances. He had to go on," Mourinho said. 

"He was comfortable to play 75 minutes. It was very, very important for Didier. The best thing for a player to improve his condition is to play."

Drogba scored his first goal for the club since scoring that Champions League winning penalty against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2012 final. The Ivorian converted a penalty in the 23rd minute after Maribor's Ales Mertelj handled in the area.

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