Sturridge keen to shine
Young striker Daniel Sturridge is eager to seize the opportunity created by Didier Drogba's absence.
Last Updated: 29/12/09 2:03pm
Daniel Sturridge is eager to seize the opportunity created by Didier Drogba's absence on African Cup of Nations duty.
The young striker has only made fleeting appearances for the Blues following his summer switch from Manchester City.
But Drogba's time away from Stamford Bridge as he looks to guide Ivory Coast to glory in Angola leaves coach Carlo Ancelotti with a major hole to fill in his line-up.
Fellow forward Salomon Kalou will also be away from West London during January, meaning Sturridge is likely to gain more chances to shine in the starting XI.
Nicolas Anelka will be expected to shoulder much of the burden, but he will need a strike partner unless Ancelotti elects to play with just one up front.
Sturridge told the club's official website: "It is going to be a great opportunity and I haven't had much opportunity since I came to Chelsea.
"We all wish to play games and we all strive to get in to the team. Hopefully I will get a few more opportunities but I am not going to assume I will be playing because there are other players who can start.
"I am going to keep working hard in training and hope that my performances in training will lead to games and the opportunity to show the fans and staff what I can do.
"I believe I can score goals. Didier Drogba is a great striker and great to learn off, as are Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou.
"They are all a lot older and I have got a lot of years on my side and hopefully I can be a good player just like them."