Drogba denies Chelsea bust-up

Drogba underwent surgery on Saturday and will be sidelined for up to two months.

It had been suspected that Chelsea wanted to delay the operation to help the club through their hectic Christmas schedule.

Having his operation now should free the Ivorian to take part in the African Cup of Nations at the end of January but Drogba insists that he and the club both realised the necessity for an operation sooner rather than later.

Asked if going under the knife now had caused a rift with his club, Drogba replied: "That is not true at all.

"There has never been problems between the club and me. I could not walk properly. My knee was blocked.

"The club did not want to put me in danger.

"If I had had the chance of carrying on, I would have done."

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