Drogba surgery successful, say Ivory Coast

SION, Switzerland (Reuters) - The operation on striker Didier Drogba's injured elbow has been a success, according to his Ivory Coast team.

However, the Elephants are unsure whether he will be fit to play in the World Cup in South Africa which starts on Friday.

"The necessary surgical intervention has been a success," the Ivory Coast football federation said on its website (www.fif-ci.com) on Saturday.

The federation added that medical staff were confident Drogba would make "a rapid return to football."

The Chelsea striker hurt his elbow in a World Cup warm-up against Japan on Friday and there were initial fears he would miss the tournament.