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Drogba boost for Chelsea as Cole returns

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  • Chelsea striker Didier Drogba's calf injury is not as bad as the club first feared
  • Scan shows no serious damage after he was carried off during win over Spurs
  • Ivory Coast star is expected to be fit for Saturday's trip to Wigan Athletic
  • England midfielder Joe Cole to make comeback from injury on Wednesday
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(CNN) -- Chelsea have been lifted by the news that Didier Drogba's injury is not as bad as feared, while England midfielder Joe Cole is set to make his long-awaited comeback.

Star forward Didier Drogba should be fit for Saturday's Premier League clash with Wigan.

Star forward Didier Drogba should be fit for Saturday's Premier League clash with Wigan.

Striker Drogba was carried off with a calf problem in the second half of Sunday's London derby win against Tottenham, which saw Chelsea return to the top of the English Premier League and maintain the club's perfect start to the season.

But the Ivory Coast international is expected to be in the squad for Saturday's trip to Wigan after a scan revealed no serious damage.

"Didier had a scan and there's no problem with his calf," assistant manager Ray Wilkins told Chelsea's official Web site.

"It was just the most horrendous bout of cramp. We thought he couldn't release the muscle and it might be something more nasty, but he'll be able to take part on Saturday. It is very good news for us."

While Drogba will miss Wednesday's League Cup clash with local rivals Queens Park Rangers, Cole will make his first appearance since suffering a serious knee injury in January.

Cole will start the match alongside summer signing Yuri Zhirkov, who will make his delayed debut following his move from Russian club CSKA Moscow.

"We haven't finalized the side yet but Joe Cole and Zhirkov will both start, which is good news," Wilkins said. "They'll be very important players for us as the season progresses.

"It's nice to see them come back in. When you can't use someone of Joe's ability, any side would miss him. He has that bit of fantasy that can open up defenses, so we have missed him.

"But we've coped without him and now we'll have something different now he's come back.

"Zhirkov is a very fluid footballer. He's been out for quite a period but, if he demonstrates half of what he's shown in training, then we've got a very pleasant player on our books."

Chelsea's south-west London neighbors, who play in the second division, are in some turmoil following chairman and co-owner Flavio Briatore's ban from motorsport due to the Formula One race-fixing probe.

The Italian, who quit his role at Renault before the ruling, has been suspended from any involvement in the sport, which puts his position at QPR in doubt.

Under English Football League rules, no-one can own a club if they are banned by another sporting governing body. The EFL is seeking more details from motorsport's ruling body the FIA before making any ruling on the matter.

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