The Ivory Coast Football Federation have confirmed captain Didier Drogba has broken his arm but are still not ruling him out of the World Cup.
Drogba was forced out of the Ivorians' World Cup warm-up game against Japan in Sion on Friday in the 17th minute, leaving the field clutching his right arm. There were fears the Chelsea striker would miss the World Cup but the federation are confident Drogba will be able to play some part in the finals.
A statement released to Press Association Sport read: "He was taken urgently to a medical centre in Sion, where X-rays revealed a fracture in the player's right forearm area."
The statement continued: "Didier Drogba's state of health is the object of all the attention of the Elephants' medical staff and of distinguished specialists.
"The Ivory Coast Football Federation stress that the striker Didier Drogba has not, for the moment, been ruled out of the 2010 World Cup."
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