Côte d'Ivoire skipper Didier Drogba could be fit to play in his team's opening FIFA World Cup™ clash against Portugal, coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said Friday.

The Chelsea striker, who underwent surgery on his broken right arm six days ago, trained with his teammates but with a sling on his damaged arm. "He's doing well. If the match with Portugal was today or Saturday, he wouldn't be able to play. But as the game is in a few days' time (Tuesday), he could be in the team and play," said Eriksson. "He is feeling better and better each day."

In training, Drogba practised on his own to avoid aggravating the injury. He broke his arm in a friendly match against Japan in Switzerland on June 4.