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Toure confident Ivory Coast can cope with Drogba loss

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure is relaxed over the loss of Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba at the World Cup. Drogba broke a bone in his forearm in the run-up to the tournament and the extent of his likely involvement is still to be determined.

But it looks almost certain that he will miss the Elephants' opener against Portugal on Tuesday.

"During the first few days, it was really hard to take because Didier is our captain and best player, after all," Toure told FIFA.com.

"He's a top goalscorer who has always stood up to be counted when we have found ourselves with our backs against the wall.

"But there are 23 players here representing the Ivory Coast and it is all those players together who will win us matches, not Didier Drogba on his own.

"We will deal with whatever comes our way. What counts now is that everyone fights for each other, side by side."

Toure also believes that Ivory Coast possess another crucial advantage in the shape of their coach.

"He [Eriksson] has put an added emphasis on playing as a team and not just as a collection of individuals," the defender explained.

"He has managed to change the mindset of the team and of each player. We have always had good players, but have never been able to properly work together as an effective unit, defending and attacking as one.

"That's what we have been working on, and we hope that it will bear fruit, starting with our first match versus Portugal."

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