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GENEVA - Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba was due to rejoin his teammates at their training camp in the Swiss Alps yesterday after surgery on his broken forearm, the Ivorian football federation said.
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 federation said on its website that Drogba - who was pictured with his right forearm and elbow in a sling and clad in a plaster cast - "will this Monday (yesterday) rejoin the Ivorian delegation at its base at the Golf Hotel above Saanenmoeser".
The 32-year-old forward is due to cheer on his teammates from the sidelines of a final warm-up match against a Swiss second division club at Nyon today.
The federation said the first results of the operation had been "extremely encouraging" and it was hoped that he would recover swiftly.
Drogba hopes to get back to fitness within 10 days to enable him to play in Ivory Coast's Group G opener with Portugal on June 15. The group also includes Brazil and North Korea.
Under Fifa rules, a replacement can be drafted in until the day before a team's first game.
The Ivorian squad is due to fly in to South Africa tomorrow. - Sapa-AFP