Ancelotti hopeful of Essien boost

Essien has missed the Blues’ last two matches after picking up a

toe injury during the 2-1 victory at Blackburn late last month. The

midfield powerhouse’s presence was particularly missed in Sunday’s

2-0 defeat at Liverpool, but he could return for Fulham’s short

trip to Stamford Bridge. “He had a problem in the last game in the

Premier League on his toe and was not able [to play],” said

Ancelotti. “I hope Wednesday he will be able to play.” Ancelotti

also confirmed that Didier Drogba started on the bench at Liverpool

after falling ill overnight. He added: “Drogba had a fever last

night and so was not fit 100 per cent, so I decided to put him [on]

just for one part of the game.”