Chelsea boss Ancelotti: We can cope without Drogba

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident they can cope without Didier Drogba after he broke down late on in yesterday's 3-0 defeat of Tottenham.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident they can cope without Didier Drogba after he broke down late on in yesterday's 3-0 defeat of Tottenham.

The Ivory Coast international was carried off in the 83rd minute of Chelsea's 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Tottenham.

Drogba had already made and scored one of Chelsea's goals before he had to be substituted.

The victory earned Chelsea a new club record of 11 straight wins, better than the one forged by Jose Mourinho, but Ancelotti was more concerned with the condition of his top striker.

Drogba has now scored five goals and was unplayable against Spurs and while the Italian is hoping the injury is nothing more than cramp, he believes they have enough in reserve to cope without him.

"We don't know precisely what happened," said Ancelotti. "It is too early. We will have to wait a few days. We hope it is only cramp.

"We hope tomorrow we will have a precise diagnosis of the situation. It is a calf injury but he felt that he had cramp. If it is cramp, it is good for us.

"We have played without Didier before. He is a very important player for us, a fantastic player. I think we can play well without Didier."