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Cole suffers fresh injury frustration

Published: Tuesday 28 February 2006, 14.34CET
Arsenal FC's England defender Ashley Cole has suffered an ankle injury on his return to action and could be sidelined for another three weeks.

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Published: Tuesday 28 February 2006, 14.34CET

Cole suffers fresh injury frustration

Arsenal FC's England defender Ashley Cole has suffered an ankle injury on his return to action and could be sidelined for another three weeks.
Arsenal FC defender Ashley Cole has suffered an ankle injury on his return to action and could be sidelined for another three weeks.

No Madrid return
The English international was making his comeback from a thigh problem when he sustained a sprained ankle playing for Arsenal's reserves last night. "He seems to have sprained his left ankle," a club spokesman said. "It is not the recurrence of an old injury. But there is no telling at this stage how long he will be out for." Cole's chance of being available for the UEFA Champions League first knockout round return leg against Real Madrid CF on 8 March is now gone.

Injury heartache
The 25-year-old left-back broke a bone in his foot in October before collecting a thigh injury in January, on his first appearance back after a three-month lay-off. He has consequently been reduced to just eight Premiership matches this season and two in the UEFA Champions League.

Last updated: 28/02/06 16.13CET

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