Champions League - Team news: No Drogba

Tue, 28 Sep 09:29:00 2010

Chelsea face Marseille in their Champions League Group F match without suspended striker Didier Drogba and the injured trio Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou and Yossi Benayoun.

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Manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Drogba's enforced absence means that Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka would definitely start up front, with either Daniel sturridge or Gael Kakuta also set to feature against the French champions.

Anelka, who will take on a French side for the first time since he was sent home from the World Cup following his criticisms of then-France coach Raymond Domenech in South Africa.

Marseille defender Leyti N'Diaye is back in the squad after recovering from a shoulder injury, meaning manager Didier Deschamps has a fully fit group of players at his disposal.

In Group F's other match Spartak Moscow have Argentine defender Nicolas Pareja available again to face Zilina after he recovered from a calf injury.

However, manager Valeri Karpin is without Nikita Bazhenov (thigh), Kirill Kombarov (ankle) and Nikola Drincic (fractured tibia).

Zilina boss Pavel Hapal has a full complement of players to select from for Tuesday's early kick-off in Russia.

Ancelotti: Pressure

Reuters

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