Ivorian striker Didier Drogba (L) in Port Elizabeth on June 15, 2010 and Japan's Shinji Kagawa in Saitama on May 27, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / KAZUHIRO NOGI)
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Hasebe's return from a long standing knee injury to protect the vulnerable back four is a welcome boost and he is expected to slot in alongside slow, but steady playmaker Yushito Endo.Zaccheroni might be tempted to give Hasebe a few days rest, though, with the strong form of Hotaru Yamaguchi offering a more than capable replacement and pushing hard for a starting spot in the match between two attack-minded teams.However, the Ivorians beat Japan 2-0 the last time the two met in a friendly in Switzerland prior to the South Africa World Cup, a game in which Didier Drogba suffered an elbow injury that hampered his participation at the finals.
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