Ivory Coast Star Player Hits the Pitch

By Jane Geelan-Sayres
|  Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM CDT
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Ivory Coast Star Player Hits the Pitch

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PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15: Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast gestures during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Ivory Coast and Portugal at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 15, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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Despite being left out of the starting lineup for the Ivory Coast World Cup match against Portugal, Didier Drogba got some game time as a late substitute.

Drogba broke his right arm in a warm-up match on June 4 and underwent surgery. He has since missed several training sessions rehabbing, but was cleared to play by FIFA with a cast on his arm.

Before he was cleared to play, the lightweight cast was examined by the match referee and Portuguese team officials. Drogba came in at the 66th-minute.

Ivory Coast tied Portugal 0-0 during Tuesdays game.

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