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Drogba cleared to play with cast for Ivory Coast

Posted by Admin on Jun 15th, 2010 and filed under Mondial 2010, Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

The Associated Press| Tuesday, June 15, 2010| AP|

Star striker Didier Drogba has been cleared by FIFA to play in Ivory Coast’s World Cup opener Tuesday against Portugal, if he is fit enough to take part.

Drogba broke his right arm in a warm-up match against Japan on June 4. He underwent surgery and missed several training sessions for rehabilitation.

A special lightweight cast was placed on his arm after an operation on the fracture, and FIFA said Tuesday that the cast was approved after examination by the match referee and Portuguese team officials.

All parties, including referee Jorge Larrionda of Uruguay, needed to be satisfied that the cast does not pose a danger to other players.

But Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he will only know two hours before the match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium whether Drogba is able to play. The striker scored 37 goals for Chelsea this season to lead the club to the Premier League and FA Cup titles.

FIFA said the soft cast is black and, should Drogba play with a long-sleeve shirt, will not be immediately apparent to spectators.

The cast is similar in design to the one sported by England striker Gary Lineker at the 1986 World Cup, when he was leading scorer with six goals.

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