Ivorian defender Kolo Toure contracts malaria before World Cup

Kolo Toure is expected to return to action next week for Côte d’Ivoire.

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Liverpool and Côte d’Ivoire defender Kolo Toure has malaria, the country’s football federation has announced.

The 33-year-old defender fell ill on a trip home to Abidjan before joining the team’s World Cup training camp in Dallas, the team’s doctor said.

Cyrille Dah told the Ivorian Football Federation website, www.fif-ci.com: "Since Wednesday Kolo has been having treatment. This treatment will end on Friday. We have therefore told him to rest. He will not participate in the match against Bosnia-Herzegovina (on Saturday), but will return early next week."

Toure was a bit-part player for Liverpool last season, but has won more than 100 caps for this country.

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Meanwhile, Didier Drogba underwent surgery in Qatar last month, but told a news conference in St. Louis that he was ready to embark on the World Cup campaign next month. The 36-year-old former Chelsea star is expected to win his 100th cap on Friday against fellow finalists Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"I’ve worked hard to regain my form and get to a good level for the training camp," said Drogba of his work over the last week in Dallas where the Elephants have been preparing for the tournament in Brazil.

Côte d’Ivoire kick off their World Cup campaign against Japan in Recife on June 14. Colombia and Greece are their other opponents in Group C.