Shanghai Shenhua coach Sergio Batista has revealed a back injury could prevent Didier Drogba from playing against Manchester United in their glamous friendly on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Ivorian has already left his mark on his new club after a fine 45-minute debut where he set up Cao Yunding's goal in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Guangzhou R&F.
But the ex-Argentina boss doesn't want to risk the former Chelsea star's fitness against the Red Devils, as his side will face league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande next Saturday in a huge clash.
"Right now we can't say for sure because he has a back problem. We will see tomorrow," Batista told reporters ahead of the game.
Drogba may not to be the only player to be rested for the game, as Batista admits his main focus is Saturday's league clash against big-spending Guangzhou.
“Even though its just a commercial game we will still prepare for it seriously. But for us, the domestic championship is more important," he said.