Petr Cech: Chelsea can cope without Didier Drogba

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is not too worried about the absence of striker Didier Drogba from Stamford Bridge next month.

The Ivorian, along with a clutch of his colleagues including Salomon Kalou and Michael Essien, is set to compete in the African Cup of Nations and could be absent for as long as five weeks from the end of December.

But Cech is confident that the Blues have enough depth and quality to cope.

“I think we’ve been rotating players until now and we did very well, so we hope again this is going to be the case,” the keeper said, according to The London Informer. “Of course we will miss those players, but we have time to prepare for January. We knew they were going to leave, so it’s just a case of coping.

“We have a squad with quality players which will have a chance to play and they can do it for us.”

Chelsea face Sunderland and Birmingham City at home, and travel to Hull City and Burnley during Drogba’s absence. They also face Watford in the third round of the FA Cup.