Didier Drogba has handed Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti a major title dilemma.
Local newspapers have reported that Ancelotti may have to rely on winning the next three games with talismanic Drogba still nursing his groin problem.
Drogba has scored 32 goals this season but has struggled since it was made clear the Ivorian is battling an injury. The striker tweaked the groin at the start of the second-half against Tottenham and wanted to come off but Ancelotti had already made three changes – two of them at the interval.
Drogba had to play on through the pain barrier for the remainder of the second-half but looked a pale shadow of the striker who has once again terrorised defences in the top flight this season.
He is unlikely to want to carry the injury into the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer and is almost certain to undergo surgery. But the big dilemma facing the club and the player is when will that be carried out.