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The Canadian club maintain that a back injury ruled the Ivorian out of the derby against Toronto FC but Goal understands he was angry at his exclusion from the starting XI

Didier Drogba demanded that he be left out of the Montreal Impact's 18-man squad for Sunday's derby game with Toronto FC after learning he would not start the match, Goal understands.

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The Impact have claimed that Drogba’s exclusion was due to a minor back injury but a source has told Goal that Drogba has had a falling out with coach Mauro Biello after learning that he planned to start Matteo Mancosu instead of the Ivory Coast international.

Earlier in the week, transfer rumours had linked Drogba with a potential loan move to Serie A during the MLS offseason.

Tosaint Ricketts scored a late goal to deny Montreal a victory that would have clinched their place in the playoffs. Ignacio Piatti scored both of the home side's goals in a 2-2 draw, with Jozy Altidore netting Toronto's first.