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Drogba: Malaria Was So Bad

DrogbaDidier Drogba has revealed that his malaria was so bad it lasted for two months after initially being diagnosed as having flu.

“It was really bad, so bad that it lasted two months,” said Drogba. “It should be something that could be solved in a few weeks. At first the tests didn’t show that it was malaria. The doctor thought it was flu, so that’s why we lost time. While we thought it was flu I was playing, because for me I can handle flu. I lost fitness, but I was working hard and trying to help the team. For me to be playing now, it’s already a good start because it was a difficult moment for me to have malaria. Very difficult.”

Drogba has only scored 8 goals this season and has suffered from disappointing form, but the striker isn’t too concerned, claiming his injuries and illness have played a part.

“Well, it’s maybe not what I was expecting, but I’ve had malaria and surgery before the beginning of the season for my hernia to make sure I’ll be O.K. for the next few years,” he continued. “I won’t say I’m happy because we’re having a difficult moment, but when you look at the amount of games I’ve played and the number of goals and assists I’ve had, I know it’s not the best, but it’s not bad. And I can continue to improve that. I’m not worried about my performance. What is really important for me is for the team to go back to the winning way. If we win the league and I score only 10 goals, for me it’s fine.”



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