Friday was not a good day for Premier League stars in South Africa. First came the news that England captain Rio Ferdinand will miss the World Cup after injuring himself in training.
That was followed by news that Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba had fractured his elbow in a warm-up game against Japan.
“It’s an elbow injury for sure. How bad it is, I don’t know. He had a lot of pain,” Ivory Coast manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said of Drogba’s injury. “Of course I am worried, he’s our captain and one of the best players in the world.”
A statement released by the Ivory Coast Federation read:
“He was taken urgently to a medical centre in Sion, where x-rays revealed a fracture in the player’s right forearm area. Didier Drogba’s state of health is the object of all the attention of the Elephants’ medical staff and of distinguished specialists. The Ivory Coast Football Federation stress that the striker Didier Drogba has not, for the moment, been ruled out of the 2010 World Cup.”
If Drogba has a fracture then he will need surgery and two to three weeks to recover. Will Sven keep Drogba on the roster for possibly only one game?