Kalou insists Chelsea can handle African absences

Salomon Kalou insists Chelsea can handle their African Nations Cup absentees.

Salomon Kalou insists Chelsea can handle their African Nations Cup absentees.

Kalou believes that although goal-hero Didier Drogba will lead an exodus out to Africa for the Cup of Nations in late December, his absence will make no difference to the Blues’ stranglehold at the top.

Drogba will be joined by Ghana’s Michael Essien, Nigeria’s Jon Obi Mikel and Kalou himself.

But during January Chelsea’s games are winnable contests against Hull, Sunderland, Birmingham and Burnley.

And Kalou said: “I think Chelsea will be even better because there are players who don’t play a lot at the moment, who will have the opportunity to play in January.

“I’m sure they’re going to give 200 percent to show the manager they should have a place on the team."

He added: "Even when Didier leaves, you still have Nicolas Anelka who can always score goals, you still have Joe Cole who is back and on good form.

“You still have Deco, Michael Ballack. I could go on. I think Chelsea will be all right and I have no worries about the team.

"The form the players are in now, it is easy for the manager to turn it round, put any player on the team and still have them performing well.

“Mr Ancelotti brings the experience he had with Milan and it’s working well for the whole team. It’s perfect.”