Didier Drogba could play in Ivory Coast's World Cup opener despite breaking his arm against Japan on 4 June, says coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Chelsea striker Drogba, 32, needed surgery after sustaining the injury and his arm was in a sling on arrival in Johannesburg on Thursday.
"If it had been today or tomorrow, he wouldn't play," said Eriksson ahead of the 15 June clash against Portugal.
"But there are still some days - he might play against them."
Ivory Coast take on Portugal in Group G in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth.
Their tough pool also includes five-time winners Brazil and North Korea.
"It is a difficult group, but we will be well prepared and we will do everything to play well against the other teams," added the former England coach.
Drogba suffered the injury in Sion, Switzerland, in a collision with Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka - three minutes after the Chelsea forward had opened the scoring with a 13th-minute deflected free-kick.
The Elephants, for whom Drogba has scored 44 goals in 69 appearances, went on to clinch victory with Manchester City defender Kolo Toure netting their second goal.
Afterwards, Eriksson refused to blame Tanaka for the incident.
"It was unlucky," the 62-year-old Ivory Coast boss said at the time. "It wasn't bad or stupid. He didn't want to hurt anyone. Football is a game of contact."
Drogba is the current African Player of the Year and scored 37 goals in all competitions for Chelsea last season as the west Londoners won the Premier League and FA Cup Double.