Drogba rejoins Ivory Coast squad


GENEVA, June 7 – Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba rejoined his team-mates at their training camp in the Swiss Alps on Monday following surgery on his broken forearm, a team spokesman said.No decision has yet been taken on his fitness for the World Cup though, according to spokesman Ouattara Hegaud.

Doctors operated on the fracture at a hospital in the Swiss capital Bern on Saturday, after the Chelsea player was hurt during the Ivorians’ 2-0 win over Japan in a friendly the day before.

The Chelsea star rejoined the group in the early afternoon ahead of an evening friendly match against a Swiss second division side in the Swiss city of Lausanne, Hegaud said, with Drogba set to watch from the sidelines.

The squad are due to head out to South Africa on Wednesday.

The Ivorian Football Federation earlier said that the first results of the operation had been "extremely encouraging" and that there were high hopes that he would recover swiftly.

Drogba hopes to get back to fitness within ten days to enable him to play in Ivory Coast’s Group G opener with Portugal on June 15.

Under FIFA rules, a replacement can be drafted in until the day before a team’s first game.

Ivory Coast will play in Group G, where they will also face Brazil and North Korea.