Drogba gets FIFA nod over protective cast

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Ivorian striker Didier Drogba has been cleared to play in the clash against Portugal.

The Chelsea forward suffered a broken arm in the World Cup warm-up match against Japan, leaving his participation in the tournament as a whole at doubt.

However, a quick recovery mixed with a positive response from FIFA today means that the talismanic striker could lead the line for the Elephants at 3pm.

FIFA's head of media Nicolas Maingot said: "Regarding Didier Drogba, the referee of the match Jorge Larrionda has okayed the cast which Didier Drogba will use to play.

"The cast has been seen by the Portuguese delegation at the match co-ordination meeting."

The news is a massive boost for Sven Goran-Eriksson, who will be relying on his 32-year-old to score some crucial goals in the so-called Group of Death. After Portugal, the African side face Brazil and North Korea in the battle for qualification to the second round.

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