Ashley Cole Injury: Updates on Chelsea Star's Ribs, Likely Return Date
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole left the team's 3-1 win over Norwich City on Sunday with 15 minutes remaining, and although he was taken out for tactical reasons, Cole is also dealing with a rib injury, according to ITV.com.
"He had something in his ribs that we need to assess, but hopefully it's fine," Jose Mourinho commented.
From Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express:
Chelsea have been handed an injury boost ahead of their Champions League clash with Schalke as Ashley Cole and Andre Schurrle made a return to training in rainy Surrey ...
However, the club have confirmed that while both players were in training on Monday only Schurrle was in contention to play in the Group E contest in Germany on Tuesday, with Cole failing to travel with the side.
The Daily Mail's David Kent reports Ashley Cole will not play in the Champions League on Oct. 22:
Ashley Cole will miss Chelsea's Champions League clash tie in Germany on Tuesday.
The Blues defender is still feeling the effects of a rib injury and has been not risked ahead of a top-of-the-table meeting with Manchester City on Sunday.
Both players have been receiving intensive treatment on injuries sustained before the international break.
Cole is still struggling with the rib problem he aggravated against Norwich 11 days’ ago, which forced him to miss both of England’s World Cup qualifiers.
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 7
The FA confirms Ashley Cole will not play in England's upcoming World Cup qualifier:
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole didn't report and has withdrawn from the squad due to injury.
Cole will be unavailable for the meeting with Montenegro at Wembley on Friday, remaining with his club for further treatment.
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has been added to Hodgson's squad.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was unaware of Cole's ailment when he took him out of the game, and he doesn't seem to believe that Cole's injury is too serious.
I didn't know (that Cole was injured). We were in a difficult position before. He had something in his ribs that we need to assess, but hopefully it's fine. But yes, it was a tactical decision.
He goes for a scan now, when we arrive (back in London), on his ribs. I hope he is fine.
I want England to do (well), so I hope he's fine.
England are scheduled for two pivotal World Cup qualifying matchups over the next nine days, as they will face Montenegro on Oct. 11 and Poland on Oct. 15. Cole is a key contributor for Three Lions, and his absence is huge; England are just one point ahead of both Montenegro and Ukraine for an automatic berth in Brazil.
Cole has yet to get on the score sheet in terms of goals and assists this season for Chelsea, but his pace and steady play on the back end have been of the utmost importance.
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