Ivorian defender Kolo Toure contracts malaria before World Cup
MAY 30, 2014 4:09p ET
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.
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.