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Chelsea maintain early form despite Drogba injury

Published: Saturday 27 August 2011, 18.09CET
A head injury to Didier Drogba took the shine off a second home victory of the season for Chelsea FC on a day when Liverpool FC went top thanks to a 3-1 defeat of Bolton Wanderers FC.

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Published: Saturday 27 August 2011, 18.09CET

Chelsea maintain early form despite Drogba injury

A head injury to Didier Drogba took the shine off a second home victory of the season for Chelsea FC on a day when Liverpool FC went top thanks to a 3-1 defeat of Bolton Wanderers FC.

Didier Drogba was carried off with a head injury before Juan Mata marked his Chelsea FC debut with a late goal in a 3-1 win against Norwich City FC.

Drogba collided with Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy while jumping for a cross midway through the second half at Stamford Bridge. The incident, which led to 11 minutes of added time, came shortly after Norwich equalised when Grant Holt capitalised on a mistake from Hilário.

José Bosingwa's first goal since November 2008 had afforded Chelsea, who also gave a debut to Romelu Lukaku, an early lead. Frank Lampard (82) restored the Blues' advantage from the spot after Ruddy was dismissed for bringing down Ramires.

Speaking of Drogba's condition, Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas said: "He is a little bit better and coming around. He is going for a full scan to assess the extent of the head injury and the concussion." The 33-year-old forward has since been released from hospital with mild concussion but will be monitored by the club's medical staff.

Former Chelsea forward Franco Di Santo, meanwhile, scored both goals in a 2-0 home victory for Wigan Athletic FC against Queens Park Rangers FC. Elsewhere, David Hoilett and Mauro Formica squandered a spot kick apiece as Blackburn Rovers FC lost 1-0 to Everton FC, who scored a penalty of their own late on.

Aston Villa FC against Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Swansea City FC versus Sunderland AFC ended goalless. Liverpool FC beat Bolton Wanderers FC 3-1 in the late game and are top of the table on goal difference. Manchester United FC play Arsenal FC in one of four matches on Sunday.

Last updated: 06/12/13 9.49CET

Results

English Premier League 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 12/10/2011 18:17 CET

27/08/2011

LiverpoolLiverpool3-1BoltonBolton

Henderson 15, Škrtel 52, Adam 53

Klasnić 90+2

Venue: Liverpool

27/08/2011

ChelseaChelsea3-1NorwichNorwich

Bosingwa 6, Lampard 82 (p), Juan Mata 90+11

Holt 63

Venue: London

27/08/2011

BlackburnBlackburn0-1EvertonEverton

Arteta 90+2 (p)

Venue: Blackburn

27/08/2011

SwanseaSwansea0-0SunderlandSunderland

Venue: Swansea

27/08/2011

WiganWigan2-0QPRQPR

Di Santo 41, 66

Venue: Wigan

27/08/2011

Aston VillaAston Villa0-0WolvesWolves

Venue: Birmingham

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