Johannesburg - Ivory Coast superstar Didier Drogba's participation in the Mandela
Challenge against Bafana Bafana in Port Elizabeth on November 12 is
hanging in the balance, reports the Sowetan.
Drogba's English Premiership club Chelsea will take advantage of his
suspension and coming international break to have him undergo surgery to
remove screws inserted in his arm in a previous operation.
The popular marksman, who was sent off against Queens Park Rangers on
October 23, is set to return to action in a league game against
Liverpool on November 20.
Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas said: "We took the risk based on his
domestic suspension and the forthcoming international break to remove
six of the eight screws from his arm."
Drogba sustained the injury in May last year.
SAFA chief executive Robin Petersen could not be reached for comment
yesterday, but he was confident at the launch of the tournament last
week that Ivory Coast would send their big-name stars for the encounter
at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Drogba made his international debut for Ivory Coast when they were
defeated 2-0 by Bafana Bafana in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nationals
qualifier in Polokwane in 2003.