Didier Drogba returned to training on Thursday boosting hopes that he could be fit to start the key opening game for Ivory Coast on Tuesday against Portugal .
Sven Goran Eriksson the Ivory Coast manager confirmed that the Portugal game , "it's in a few days . He might play."
Having broken his arm in a friendly only last week , Drogba could still play a pivotal role for the Elephants in South Africa .
Ivory Coast boast a number of top English Premiership players in their squad as well as Drogba including Salomon Kalou of Chelsea , Dindane from Portsmouth and defenders Kolo Toure of Manchester City and Emmanuel Eboue from Arsenal .
Whilst the Ivory Coast have been drawn in a very tough group with Brazil and Portugal they should give a very good account of themselves and are attractively priced at 11/10 to qualify for the knouckout stages with William Hill .
North Korea make up the numbers in Group G but ranked 105 in the FIFA rankings it will be a suprise if they do more than make up the numbers .
For those looking for a speculative bet Drogba at 50/1 with William Hill to be top scorer at the World Cup would be fantastic value if they make the final stages .