Ivory Coast Star Player Hits the Pitch
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.
Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 Updated at 12:45 PM CST
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.