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Drogba feels the pain

Published: Monday 17 May 2004, 17.37CET
Olympique de Marseille travel to Sweden with doubts over the fitness of spearhead Didier Drogba.
Published: Monday 17 May 2004, 17.37CET

Drogba feels the pain

Olympique de Marseille travel to Sweden with doubts over the fitness of spearhead Didier Drogba.

Olympique de Marseille travel to Sweden today for the UEFA Cup final with doubts still surrounding the fitness of spearhead Didier Drogba.

'Still feel pain'
The 26-year-old striker bruised his hip in the 1-0 loss to AS Monaco FC eight days ago and has not played since, making him a doubt for Wednesday's showpiece against Valencia CF in Gothenburg. Speaking after a training session yesterday, Drogba said: "I still feel pain every time I strike the ball. If the match was today I could not play."

Anigo hopeful
Marseille coach José Anigo remains hopeful, however, that the Ivorian, who has scored eleven goals in Europe this season, will be fit to take on the Spanish champions. "He might never have another chance to play in such a final," he said. "He must overcome the pain for himself and the club."

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Another Marseille striker, Ahmed Hossam 'Mido', is already out of contention as he recovers from a serious knee injury. uefa.com will bring you unrivalled coverage from Gothenburg before, during and after Wednesday's final with exclusive news and features, minute-by-minute analysis, video highlights and match commentary in six languages a selection of what is on offer.

Last updated: 17/05/04 12.37CET

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