Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has told Blues fans what they didn't want to hear - he is not in great shape.
The Ivorian has been struggling with a hernia problem for a number of weeks, culminating in playing in obvious discomfort in last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues are now just one point ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League table with three games to go, and Drogba admits it will be a struggle for him to be at his best over the vital last few games of the season.
“The season's long and I've had quite a few niggles and I'm starting to feel it a bit,” the striker said, according to the Ealing Gazette.
“I had a hernia operation six years ago but it's playing up again and causing me discomfort.
“I think maybe adrenaline has got me through matches, but you can't continue for long like that."
It had been reported that the 32-year-old would need an operation to solve the problem, although Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti recently said that any decision would be left to the player himself.
But with the World Cup coming up in the summer, Drogba is unsure when he will be able to fit any treatment in.
“I will see if I need an operation, but something needs to be done because I can't continue like this next season," he said.
“There's no question of having anything done now though, with the World Cup on the way.”
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