Drogba set to face Portugal

FIFA have confirmed that Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will be able to play in the World Cup Group G clash against Portugal with a protective cast on his arm.

The 32-year-old former Marseille star suffered a fractured arm in a friendly match against Japan earlier this month and was expected to miss the tournament in South Africa.

However, FIFA have revealed that the referee for Tuesday afternoon's match, Jorge Larrionda, has agreed that Drogba can wear the cast.

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."

The Elephants have been placed in one of the toughest groups in the World Cup as they are also scheduled to play Brazil and North Korea after the Portugal match.

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