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Broken arm could destroy cup hopes

Monday June 7th 2010

Despite star striker Didier Drogba suffering a broken arm in the build up to the World Cup, Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson insists "everything is possible" in the tournament.

The Elephants face Brazil and North Korea as well as Portugal in Group G - widely tipped to be the most difficult section of all. Despite the sports injury, insurance can be found in the team spirit Africa's top footballing nation has established over recent years

The former England coach is confident they can reach the knock-out stages, but admits it will be more difficult if they have to do without Chelsea striker Drogba, who has had an operation on his broken arm.

He is likely to miss Ivory Coast's first game against Portugal, but has not been ruled out for the whole of the tournament.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme, he said: "We still hope but he is in a hospital in Switzerland so I can't say yes or no but we hope, that's for sure."

"I have to wait to hear from the specialist."

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