Joe Cole Thanks Chelsea’s ‘Brilliant’ Medical Staff

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The Englishman is grateful to the club’s physios for aiding his progress to full fitness.

Joe Cole’s road to recovery is almost over, and the highly-rated attacker has poured praise on Chelsea’s medical staff for aiding his rehabilitation after he sustained cruciate ligament damage during the club’s triumph over Southend United in the FA Cup last season.

The Blues were plagued by severe knee injuries of the same nature to a trident of key personnel. Michael Essien, Paulo Ferreira, and Cole all experienced the same problem. The battling Ghanaian midfielder, though, recovered last year while the Portuguese full-back and England international Cole should be fully fit over the next few weeks.

The 27-year-old Londoner expressed his gratitude for Chelsea’s physios to the club’s official website: “The medical staff have been brilliant in getting me to the end of my rehab. They were all out there watching me play on Friday in a training match.”

Despite not featuring in the games his side have competed in thus far this season, Cole has kept an eagle-eye on his team’s on-pitch affairs, and was delighted to witness his surnamesake – Ashley – score a delightful goal against Premier League new-boys Burnley.

“I think he is going to get a few goals this season, four or five, because he has been getting into scoring positions a lot and playing ever so well. The full-backs getting forward are very important to how we are playing this season. Ash Ashley Cole is a good finisher, he scores like that in training.”

During the training match that Cole participated in, he was fielded behind the two strikers, at the head of the diamond formation, perhaps giving an inclination as to where manager Carlo Ancelotti will be fielding the player this season.

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~ by footballdirecta on September 5, 2009.

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