Didier Drogba: 'I need time to reach full fitness'

Chelseas Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is pictured during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in London on August 23, 2014
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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba targets a return to his best form after revealing that he is feeling "no pain" in his ankle having made his return to the Chelsea team.

Didier Drogba has admitted that he will need time to return to his best form at Chelsea having overcome an ankle injury.

The 36-year-old, who made the move back to Stamford Bridge during the summer following two years away, sat out Saturday's 4-2 victory over Swansea City but was thrown back into the starting lineup for yesterday's 1-1 draw with Schalke 04.

Drogba missed a key chance to put the game beyond the Bundesliga side's reach in the second half, dragging his effort wide of the target before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar equalised.

"I had [chances], especially the one in the second half," the Ivorian told Chelsea TV. "It was a clear chance and I think it's unlucky.

"If I score there there's no more game. The fact that you don't score, they still believe in the equaliser and that's what happened afterwards.

On his comeback to the team, he added: "The good thing is that there is no pain in the ankle, so now I can start working and training and improve the condition. I was feeling much better in the second half. I'm like a diesel, I need time."

Chelsea are back in action on Sunday when they take on Manchester City in the Premier League.

Schalke's Netherlands striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring his goal during the UEFA Champions League, group G football match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge, in London on September 17, 2014
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