Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Drogba op joy, but no date on return for Ivory Coast

Didier Drogba has undergone successful surgery on his broken arm.

Drogba sustained the injury in Friday's friendly against Japan and was immediately sent for an operation in Bern.

Ivory Coast Federation spokesman Roger Kouassi announced the surgery was a success, although a time frame for his return remains sketchy, with the Elephants set to open their World Cup campaign against Portugal on June 15.

Kouassi said: “His recovery has been very encouraging.

“It is suggested that, at this point, all signs are good and there are many hopes.”

Drogba is key to Ivory Coast's hopes of progressing out of Group G, which also includes Brazil and North Korea.

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