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