ASHLEY COLE: HITTING RECOVERY TARGETS EARLY
Ashley Cole has given a positive assessment of his recovery from a knee injury and hopes he could be back in full training within a fortnight.
Our summer-signed left-back twisted his knee when stepping on the ball against Blackburn on the last day of January.
He was carried off but initial fears he had ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament were allayed when scans instead indicated a much more minor injury to a posterior cruciate.
Rather than take the option to rest completely in the days that followed, Cole has been working hard on maintaining condition in his legs. Now the knee brace that has been supporting the injury will be removed this week.
'I'd like to be back training before the Carling Cup Final but sometimes when you set yourself targets and you don't meet them, you get down,' Cole has told Chelsea TV.
'But if I can get back training in another two weeks then I will be happy.
'I didn't actually rip the cruciate which is a good thing. If I had it would have been maybe eight to nine months out. Now it is probably six to eight weeks.
'I am hitting the targets a little bit early. The knee is getting stronger and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.'
Cole has every right to feel he deserves a quicker than expected return after an unfortunate run these past two seasons.
'The last two years have been terrible for me,' he agreed. 'I never really got injured before but now I have done my ankle twice and now my knee, but hopefully I can get over my injuries.'
Meanwhile, our other Cole, Joe, has also made a big step towards a return this week.
He is recovering after an operation on a stress fracture in his left foot. This week saw the removal of the special boot that was supporting it.
'I am starting to do partial weight bearing and everything is going to plan,' he has said.
'Providing there are no set backs, I'll be back this season. I am working as hard as I can and doing everything I'm told.'