Drogba back at training in boost for Ivory Coast

Updated: Jun 11, 2010, 09:35 AM IST

Johannesburg: Didier Drogba has returned to training just days after surgery on a broken arm and could be considered for Ivory Coast`s opening World Cup match against Portugal.

The Ivory Coast captain had surgery Saturday on a broken arm sustained in a friendly against Japan the previous day, casting doubt over his availability for the World Cup.

The 32-year-old Drogba wore a light protective cast on his arm during practice on Thursday, raising coach Sven-Goran Eriksson`s hopes the Chelsea striker will be fit for Tuesday`s Group G match at Port Elizabeth.

"If the match had been today or tomorrow, he wouldn`t be able to play," Eriksson says. "But it`s in a few days. He might play."

Bureau Report