Shanghai Shenhua signing Didier Drogba may not play in his side’s high-profile friendly against Manchester United on Wednesday due to a back injury, team manager Sergio Batista said.
The former Chelsea star missed a public training session on Tuesday, and Batista said he would make a final decision on Drogba’s inclusion in the squad nearer to the game.
“Right now we can’t say for sure because he has a back problem. We will see tomorrow,” said the Argentinian.
The Ivory Coast star made his debut in China last Sunday, coming on as a second half substitute to set up his side’s equalizer in a 1-1 draw away to Guangzhou R&F.
The highly-anticipated clash with United could see Drogba reunited with former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka for the first time since the pair left the English Premier League.
Drogba joined Shenhua in June on a two-and-a-half year contract reported to be worth around 200 000 pounds ($314 000) a week.