John Terry and Brazilian defender Alex were also injured during yesterday's match, making the Chelsea bench much deeper and more expensive than the product that's already on the field. Note that Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Joe Cole and Michael Essien are already down.
Drogba has missed the first five weeks of the Premier League season recovering from offseason knee surgery.
The Blues lead the Premiership, but that is a tenuous advantage at best now and puts manager Luiz Filipe Scolari in the spotlight more than ever. A longtime international manager, Scolari hasn't had to make these kinds of day-to-day decisions in a long time. With the winter transfer period coming up, Chelsea could be an active shopper.