Portugal midfielder Deco hopes to face Didier Drogba in his side's World Cup opener against the Ivory Coast.
The two nations clash in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday in Group G but Drogba is a major doubt after breaking his arm in a warm-up game against Japan.
Regarded as a talismanic figure for the Ivorians, Drogba's absence would be keenly felt as Sven-Goran Eriksson's men look to start their campaign with a bang.
The 32-year-old's Chelsea team-mate Deco is preparing to play in his last ever competition for Portugal, but wants Drogba to be fit for the opening clash.
He said: "Didier is a friend of mine, he's a good player, I hope he plays, it would be good for the game."
Group G has been dubbed the 'group of death' by many experts because as well as Portugal and the Ivory Coast, Brazil are also involved while minnows North Korea make up the numbers.
Deco knows how important it is to get off to a good start, and insists Portugal are ready and raring to go.
He added: "The first game is usually complicated, anxiety levels are running high but we are ready and have prepared ourselves well."