Is Drogba out?

2010-06-04 15:11

With just a week to go before kick-off, speculation is rife that

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba could miss out on the 2010 Fifa World Cup

because of an elbow fracture.

The ESPN website has reported that the Ivorian striker has admitted

he will not be able to represent his country.

The Guardian said Drogba was taken to hospital in Sion,

Switzerland, where the Ivorians have been undergoing altitude training.

Ivory Coast saw off Japan 2-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly – but

Drogba sustained a right arm injury which forced him off after just 18


The Chelsea striker suffered the knock 16 minutes into the game

after a seemingly innocuous clash with Brazilian-born Japanese defender Marcus

Tulio Tanaka, and gave way to CSKA Moscow forward Seydou Doumbia.

Drogba had helped open the scoring in favour of the Africans three

minutes earlier, taking a free kick which was deflected in off Tanaka.

Kolo Toure of Manchester City added a second goal 10 minutes from

time to complete the win and give the Elephants a fillip, the injury to Drogba


The veteran forward, who grimaced with pain as he left the pitch,

underwent a scan afterwards to determine the extent of the injury.

The Ivorians ought to have seen off weak opponents by a larger

margin and Doumbia wasted several opportunities, firing over after Toure set him

up on the half hour and then firing off-target seconds before the break.

Aruna Dindane also went close as Japan struggled to hold their


Toure finally claimed his goal when he turned in following a Saka

Tiene free kick.

Shunsuke Nakamura might have given the Japanese something to cheer

about, but his free kick five minutes after the interval was taken smartly by

Ivorian keeper Boubacar Barry.

Japan must now try to find some form ahead of their Group E

meetings with further African opposition in the shape of Cameroon as well as

Denmark and Holland, while Ivory Coast will go up against Brazil, Portugal and

North Korea in Group G.

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