WORLD CUP 2010: Didier Drogba still hopeful of World Cup place after successful operation

07 June 2010 06:56
  Didier Drogba's World Cup dreams are still in the balance after the Ivory Coast captain had surgery on his fractured arm on Saturday.

His country remain confident of a speedy recovery, and a spokesman said yesterday the 32-year-old could even feature in their first game against Portugal on June 15.

'He's not at all out of the World Cup,' he said.

But Drogba's injury is still a blow to manager Sven Goran Eriksson's hopes of qualifying from Group G, which also has Brazil and North Korea. 

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The Chelsea striker went off holding his right arm after 17 minutes of the warm-up game against Japan on Friday. His operation was said to be a success but they did not know how long he would be out.

Drogba has scored 44 goals in 69 internationals and hit 37 for Chelsea last season as they won an FA Cup and League double. 

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Source: Daily_Mail