SUNDERLAND ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Salomon Kalou of Chelsea with his hands on his head during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on February 1 2011 in Sunderland England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
There was a bit of a scare for both Chelsea and the Ivory Coast yesterday when Salomon Kalou, who's been brilliant so far in the tournament, pulled up in the second half of the Elephants' match against Burkina Faso with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. With Gervinho out of form, the Ivory Coast's attack relies on the Chelsea axis of Didier Drogba and Kalou, and although the 26-year-old is underappreciated around some parts of Stamford Bridge Chelsea would hardly be hoping for a major injury to a striker with Nicolas Anelka already sold.
But anyway, there's some good news on the Kalou front - he's totally fine. Check it:
It was more of a scare than any damage, Kalou felt pain behind the thigh but it's not a hamstring or tear.
-Eric Kakou , Ivory Coast press officer. Source: AFP via Sky Sport News.
Kalou's expected to start the Elephant's next match against Angola in a couple of days, so he won't be missing any time with us. Of course, if you want to be a pessimist, it's entirely possible that Kalou is injured and the national team's doctors have simply missed it. It wouldn't be the first time something like that's happened. For now, take them at their word, but it's probably worth keeping an eye on the striker for the rest of the tournament.