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Ashley injury crisis: England star out for season after fracturing his ankle

22 Feb 2010 00:58:49

Ashley injury crisis: England star out for season after fracturing his ankle

Ashley Cole is facing World Cup heartbreak after being ruled out for the rest of the season. And his broken ankle seems set to force Fabio Capello to bring Wayne Bridge into England's defence alongside John Terry, the man who had an infamous affair with the Manchester City full back's former partner. Cole limped out of Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at Everton on Wednesday night after being caught on his left ankle by on-loan USA star Landon Donovan. He now faces a race to be fit to face Donovan again in England's opening group game in South Africa against the United States on June 12. Feeling the pain: Chelsea will assess injured Ashley Cole after the left-back suffered a 'nasty ankle knock' during the defeat at Everton The pair have been at odds following Terry's alleged affair with Bridge's former partner Vanessa Perroncel, the mother of the former Chelsea full-back's son.   Ashley Cole nude pictures sent to glamour model Sonia PriceJohn Terry and Wayne Bridge - team-mates driven apart by affair may be thrown together at the heart of England's bid for World Cup gloryPICTURE SPECIAL: Troubled Terry jets off to Dubai for marriage showdownCrocked Cole faces World Cup fight as ankle blow paves potential Terry-Bridge reunion Captain fantastic! Ancelotti salutes his beleaguered Chelsea skipper TerryTerry thanks 'incredible' Chelsea fans for getting him through a difficult time Aside from the potential loss of a player widely regarded as the best left back in the world, Capello must now decide if he can risk playing Bridge and Terry together, given the bad blood caused by the affair. The news is also a severe blow to Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, who will have to cope without one of his most consistent performers for the title run-in and the club's assault on the Champions League. Yuri Zhirkov is the obvious stand-in at Chelsea but Capello has a far tougher selection conundrum, given the furore caused by Terry's liaison with Vanessa Perroncel. Terry, who was stripped of the England captaincy by Capello because ofthe affair, has flown to Dubai to be with his wife Toni and will missChelsea's FA Cup fifth-round tie with Cardiff tomorrow after being given leave to try to patch up his marriage. Moment of horror: Ashley Cole's World Cup hopes were ironically plunged into doubt by Landon Donovan - the man set to lead USA against England in June Capello must decide whether to select Bridge, who has recently returnedfor Manchester City after a two month lay-off with a knee injury, forEngland's friendly against Egypt at Wembley on March 3. The alternativewould be to pick Everton's Leighton Baines or Stephen Warnock of Aston Villa, who is currently sidelined with a shin injury. Bridge has been told he could jeopardise his chances of playing in the World Cup if he ducks out of the Egypt game. After taking such a tough stance with Terry last week, Capello has demanded that his players show their professionalism by moving on from the controversy. Cole is expected to be in plaster for around a month and if he is unable to play for Chelsea before the end of the season, his World Cup hopes would seem to rest on his proving his fitness in England's pre-tournament friendlies, which are expected to be against Mexico at Wembley on May 24 followed by a game against Japan in Austria. Ancelotti said: 'He has a big problem, probably out for three months, but we hope for Fabio and for the England team that he is ready for the World Cup. I hope that he may yet be ready before the end of the season for us, too.'  Ashley Cole nude pictures sent to glamour model Sonia PriceJohn Terry and Wayne Bridge - team-mates driven apart by affair may be thrown together at the heart of England's bid for World Cup gloryPICTURE SPECIAL: Troubled Terry jets off to Dubai for marriage showdownCrocked Cole faces World Cup fight as ankle blow paves potential Terry-Bridge reunion Captain fantastic! Ancelotti salutes his beleaguered Chelsea skipper TerryTerry thanks 'incredible' Chelsea fans for getting him through a difficult time


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