Photo courtesy Michael Rincon / Phoenix Rising FC
PHOENIX – Didier Drogba’s potential return to Phoenix Rising FC’s lineup was teased on Wednesday by the club on social media, with video of the former Ivory Coast international in training posted on social media ahead of Saturday’s clash with USL Western Conference-leader Real Monarchs SLC.
Drogba has recorded five goals in nine games since joining Rising FC earlier this year, but has been absent from the lineup since scoring a stunning free kick against the LA Galaxy II on August 5 in a 2-0 victory at StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.
Rising FC hasn’t gone off the boil in Drogba’s absence, going 3-0-3 to move into seventh place in the USL Western Conference after Saturday night’s 2-1 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. Rising FC is looking for its first victory in three meetings with the Monarchs this season when it welcomes Real to the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Saturday night with the chance to bolster its chances at a first postseason berth.