Team News: Yaya Toure passed fit for Japan clash

Yaya Toure is passed fit for the Ivory Coast ahead of their Group D opener with Japan.

Yaya Toure has been passed fit to face Japan in Ivory Coast's World Cup Group C opener in Recife this morning.

Ivory Coast national team pose prior to the start of a Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014© Getty Images

The Manchester City ace, who scored 20 Premier League goals last season, has been struggling with a hamstring injury in recent weeks but has shrugged off the complaint to start against the Blue Samurai.

Didier Drogba, 36, will start the clash on the bench, while Swansea City's Wilfried Bony spearheads the attack with former Premier League men Salomon Kalou and Gervinho on either side of him.

Japan pose for a team photo before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014© Getty Images

Meanwhile, Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda are among the notable names on Japan's team-sheet.

Ivory Coast: Barry; Boka, Aurier, Serey, Bamba; Zokora, Tiote, Yaya Toure; Gervinho, Kalou, Bony

Japan: Kawashima; Uchida, Yoshida, Morishige, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Yamaguchi; Okazaki, Honda, Kagawa; Osako

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Didier Drogba celebrates scoring for Ivory Coast against Turkey on February 11, 2009.
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