|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
Didier Drogba has admitted Chelsea's title challenge has started to take its toll on him, but handed Ivory Coast a massive boost by revealing he will not be undergoing an operation on a troublesome hernia before the World Cup finals.
Drogba has played 40 games for the Blues this season, while he has represented his country on a further ten occasions in World Cup qualifiers and the African Nations Cup in January.
It has been a gruelling schedule for the striker, who has netted 38 goals in all competitions, and he was forced to play the second-half of last weekend's defeat to Tottenham with a groin injury because Carlo Ancelotti had already made all three subs.
Drogba will be spearheading Ivory Coast's charge at this summer's finals and, despite admitting he is starting to tire, the Elephants' captain insisted that a troublesome hernia injury will not be fixed by an operation before the finals.
"Maybe adrenaline has got me through matches, but you can't continue for long like that," Drogba said. "The season's long and I've had quite a few niggles and I'm starting to feel it a bit.
"I had a hernia operation six years ago but it's playing up again and causing me discomfort. I will see if I need an operation, but something needs to be done because I can't continue like this next season. There's no question of having anything done now though, with the World Cup on the way."