Didier Drogba walks off the field after fracturing his elbow, and he will reportedly miss the 2010 World Cup.

Ivory Coast Cast-Adorning Star Didier Drogba Returns To Camp, On Track To Play In Group G

Didier Drogba has suffered a broken right arm and has undergone emergency surgery to salvage his 2010 World Cup.

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Dislocation, Not Fracture, Means Drogba Has Hope For Opener Versus Portugal

Didier Drogba has been diagnosed with a dislocated right elbow, not a fracture as was originally feared. The Ivorian icon will undergo emergency surgery to reset the elbow, and, if successful, the operation could put Drogba back on the pitch within 10 days.

Drogba had originally told teammates and the media that he would miss South Africa 2010; however, with the new diagnosis the 32-year-old striker could return for Cote d’Ivoire’s opening match against Portugal on June 15.

Suffered in a collision with Japan central defender Tulio Tanaka, Drogba’s elbow injury was originally feared to be a fractured ulna – an injury which would have ruled the Chelsea attacker out of the tournament. Now, the injury appears to be more like Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

While playing for Stoke City against Chelsea, Sorensen suffered a dislocated elbow on May 15 at Stamford Bridge. The injury was originally thought to rule Sorensen out of the WorldC up, the Potters’ ‘keeper having to be stretchered-off the pitch while receiving oxygen. The elbow, however, was reset without any other damage having occurred. Sorensen will be ready for Denmark’s opening match with the Netherlands.

Sorensen, however, did not need surgery to reset his elbow. Still, the positional differences between striker and goalkeeper may allow Drogba to undergo the more serious treatment and return to the pitch in time for Cote d’Ivoire’s opening match.

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Didier Drogba Hopes Surgery Will Have Him Back For Portugal Match

According to L’Equipe, Didier Drogba’s World Cup is not over yet.

The Ivorian striker broke his ulna in Friday’s friendly against Japan. Originally, it was thought the Chelsea star would miss the World Cup; however, now comes word that Drogba will have surgery with the hopes of returning to the pitch for Cote d’Ivoire’s June 15 opener against Portugal.

Drogba expects to return to the team in ten days.

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