Didier Drogba back in Ivory Coast starting lineup

Didier Drogba (left) fights for the ball with Algeria's Kaled Lemmouchia during their African Cup of Nations group match.
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Didier Drogba is back in Ivory Coast's starting lineup for the team's final Group D match at the African Cup of Nations.

The tournament favorites will be without Gervinho, Yaya Toure, Didier Zokora and goalkeeper Boubacar Barry. Gervinho and Toure both scored a goal in each of the first two matches.

With a quarterfinal berth secured, Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi had said he planned to make more changes to his lineup.

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure will also return to the starting lineup after being sidelined against Tunisia along with Drogba and a few other regular starters.

Drogba, newly signed by Galatasaray, entered the match against Tunisia in the 67th minute after being benched following a lackluster performance in the opener against Togo.

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