The prospects of Ivory Coast mounting a serious challenge to Portugal and Brazil in the "group of death" rest heavily on Didier Drogba featuring in the opening matches of Group G .
Sven-Goran Erikkson is nervously awaiting news regarding Drogba's participation after the Chelsea player underwent surgery on Friday on his broken arm .
Erikkson has admitted that losing Drogba would be a huge blow describing his captain as very influential and his "best player" .
Drogba has scored 44 goals in 69 internationals for the Ivorians and hit 37 for Chelsea last season as they won an FA Cup and League double.
Group G favourites Brazil play Tanzania tomorrow in what is expected to be one of the most one sided games ever . Tanzania are available to back at an amazing 70/1 on Betfair !
With the threat of Drogba being unavailable both Brazil and Portugal have shortened up in the betting to win Group G with Brazil now a best priced 8/13 with Betfred whilst Portugal can still be backed at 10/3 with Bet365 .
The initial round of matches take place on Tuesday 15th June with the Ivory Coast set to take on Portugal .
It will be remarkable if Drogba is fit to lead his team less than two weeks after breaking his arm and the prospects for Africa's strongest team may rest on his recovery.