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And then there were 4: Drogba joins growing injured list

This is just grand.

It started with Petr Cech. Alex joined the mix. So, too, did Yossi Benayoung. And now Didier Drogba will be among those almost certain to miss the season opener at home to West Bromwich Albion on August 14. Fan-tastic.

Get well soon.

Drogba was the latest to succumb to the darkside, undergoing minimally invasive groin surgery on Friday. He is expected to return to full training in three weeks.

Bravo. A solid decision to have this recurring problem - one that plagued the large Ivorian last season - corrected now. But why wait several weeks beyond the World Cup to perform it? Could this not have been performed immediately following the Ivory Coast's elimination from the tournament? Perhaps that's just me.

Missing the preseason is a blow for any player, much less a forward of The Mighty Drogs' caliber. Add in the rest of those receiving treatment, and it's not a rosy start to the new term.

So that's five first-team players who have been training at Cobham the past two weeks - Yossi, Essien, Mikel, Alex, Cech. Three of them are now injured. Bosingwa is still unavailable, and now Drogba is facing a spell on the out.

What is it with this club and injuries?

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