The 36-year-old netted his first Blues goal since his shock summer return on Tuesday night against Maribor after coming off the bench to replace the injured Loic Remy.
And with the Frenchman’s fitness issues a real worry ahead of the weekend trip to Old Trafford, Drogba may be handed a starting berth as nine-goal hit-man Diego Costa also looks set to miss out.
The burley Ivorian has featured infrequently since his move back to west London, but he’s confident that he’s in good enough physical condition to lead the line against United if called upon by Jose Mourinho:
“It is up to the manager to decide.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard. “I’m happy with the minutes I played against Maribor. There was no reaction [in terms of injuries] so I’m happy.
Drogba went on to say it was a special feeling for him to score once again at Stamford Bridge:
“It was special to score for Chelsea again in my stadium. I always felt lucky when I had the chance to score here, to have that feeling again is great.
“It’s a big coincidence scoring my first goal with a penalty after my last for the club was also a penalty in the Champions League Final [in 2012 victory].”