Yaya Toure is passed fit for the Ivory Coast ahead of their Group D opener with Japan.
has been passed fit to face Yaya Toure in Japan 's Ivory Coast Group C opener in Recife this morning. World Cup © 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.
, 36, will start the clash on the bench, while Swansea City's Didier Drogba spearheads the attack with former Premier League men Wilfried Bony and Salomon Kalou on either side of him. Gervinho © Getty Images
and Shinji Kagawa are among the notable names on Japan's team-sheet. Keisuke Honda 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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