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Cole in race against time

2008-05-21 09:26:30, Views: 12, Clubcall

Cole in race against time

Chelsea say they expect Ashley Cole to be fit for tonight's Champions League final despite an injury scare on Tuesday evening.

The England international looked like a shock doubt for Wednesday's big showdown in Moscow after an ankle injury suffered in a tackle from team-mate Claude Makelele during training at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The media witnessed a rash challenge from midfielder Makelele on the left-back and Cole was forced to leave the pitch for treatment from the Chelsea medical staff.

The club are confident though that Cole will make the final, issuing a statement on their website: "In a challenge with Claude Makelele in front of hundreds of cameras and the world football press, Ashley Cole hurt his right ankle.

"He was treated, it was tested, then strapped - but after consultation between Avram Grant, club doctor Bryan English and physios Dave Hancock and Thierry Laurent - Cole resumed and took full part in the final training game - only disappearing down the tunnel after the players had listened to Avram's address and been stood-down for a final kickaround."


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