Didier Drogba confirms he won’t face Whitecaps on Sunday

 

 
 
 
 
Montreal Impact's Didier Drogba stretches during a training session in Montreal, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
 
 

Montreal Impact's Didier Drogba stretches during a training session in Montreal, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Photograph by: Graham Hughes, Montreal Gazette

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Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba will miss Sunday's regular-season opener against the Vancouver Whitecaps because of ongoing knee problems linked to artificial turf.

Drogba is also expected to be out for the Impact's first home game on March 12.

The former Chelsea forward insists he is committed to playing for the Impact despite suggestions his heart is still with the Premier League team.

He held a news conference today to say he plans to be with Montreal until the end of the season.

Earlier, Impact technical director Adam Braz said he is targeting Drogba's return for the game against Dallas on March 19.

Drogba is looking for a place to train on natural grass over the next few weeks.

 
 
 
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Montreal Impact's Didier Drogba stretches during a training session in Montreal, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
 

Montreal Impact's Didier Drogba stretches during a training session in Montreal, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Photograph by: Graham Hughes, Montreal Gazette

 
Montreal Impact's Didier Drogba stretches during a training session in Montreal, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Montreal Impact striker Didier Drogba kicks a ball during a training session in Montreal on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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