Cole in race against time
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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."