Didier Drogba treated for malaria

Updated: November 9, 2010, 3:20 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Chelsea's Didier Drogba has been treated for malaria and will be fit to face Fulham in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

The Ivory Coast forward complained of a fever on the eve of Sunday's match against Liverpool and only came on as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 loss.

"Obviously he lost power and training -- he lost his condition," Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said Tuesday. "He's had treatment and now he's OK. He'll come back immediately in the best condition.

"He suffered, obviously, because he wasn't 100 percent but now, after treatment, he'll be better. He had malaria. He had the tests in the last day, and they showed this kind of virus. Now he's good."

Ancelotti does not know where Drogba contracted malaria.

"I gave him a few days off and he went on holiday for a few days, and then he has malaria," Ancelotti said. "But it's over now."

Chelsea leads the league, two points ahead of second-place Manchester United.


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