Johannesburg, Jun 15: Great news comes in for all those supporting Ivory Coast in the Group G clash against Portugal as the injury-hit striker Didier Drogba is most likely to play the team's opener.
Drogba was expected to sit it out against Portugual on Tuesday, Jun 15 due to an arm injury, which he sustained in a match against Japan on Jun 4 and needed surgery.
According to FIFA.com, referee Jorge Larrionda has okayed the protective cast on 32-year-old Drogba's arm.
"Didier Drogba is expected to play today, after referee Jorge Larrionda has approved the protective cast on his arm," a FIFAcom tweet read.
The presence of Drogba is crucial for the Ivarians to take on the Portuguese with ace strikers like Christiano Ronaldo and SimÃo Sambrosa.
Without Drogba, the battle against the elephants would have been a easy one for Portugal. But with Drogba set to enter the battle ground, the Ivorians can dream of tasting sweet revenge against the Portuguese, who crashed their Germany 2006 and Euro 2004 campaigns.