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Drogba sidelined until final

Published: Monday 10 May 2004, 15.44CET
Olympique de Marseille centre-forward Didier Drogba has a hip injury and will be rested until the final.
Published: Monday 10 May 2004, 15.44CET

Drogba sidelined until final

Olympique de Marseille centre-forward Didier Drogba has a hip injury and will be rested until the final.

Olympique de Marseille striker Didier Drogba will not play again until the UEFA Cup final after picking up an injury at the weekend.

Stretcher needed
Drogba, who scored both the French side's goals in their 2-0 home win against Newcastle United FC last week that sealed their final place, was hurt in the 1-0 defeat at AS Monaco FC yesterday. He suffered bruising to his left hip following a collision with Julien Rodriguez in the 87th minute and was taken off on a stretcher.

No risks
The Ivorian international should be fit to face Valencia CF in Gothenburg on 19 May but Marseille are keen to avoid any risks. The club said: "Drogba has also damaged some abdominal muscles. He will not play until the final." Drogba will sit out seventh-placed Marseille's matches at home against Montpellier Hérault SC on Wednesday and the trip to Toulouse FC next Saturday as they chase a UEFA Cup spot for next season.

Last updated: 10/05/04 16.16CET

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