Chelsea's Ashley Cole to undergo surgery on broken ankle

12 February 2010 02:26
Cole will be out of action for up to three months after fracturing his left ankle in Wednesday's Premier League match against Everton, a match Chelsea lost 2-1. [LNB]The England left-back limped off the pitch in the second half after picking up the injury in a challenge with Landon Donovan. [LNB] Related ArticlesMancini: Bridge committed to playing for EnglandAshley Cole ruled out for three monthsWho can replace Ashley Cole?Nude photos of Ashley Cole lostAshley Cole: highs and lowsD?agrave; vu for EnglandIt means Cole faces a fight to regain his fitness in time for this summer's World Cup, with England opening their campaign in South Africa on June 12 with a match against the United States. [LNB]"I'm disappointed because Ashley is a very important player for us, but it can happen that a player gets an injury," Ancelotti said.[LNB]"I hope he recovers quickly and comes back before the end of the season. That's a realistic possibility. He will have surgery today and we hope to recuperate him quickly. [LNB]"In three months he will be ready to play, so for England he can play in the World Cup." [LNB]Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini believes Wayne Bridge is the man to solve England's left-back crisis. [LNB]Bridge is said to still be fully committed to his country, despite the recent furore surrounding revelations over John Terry and Bridge's former girlfriend. [LNB]Mancini said: 'For England, losing Cole is a problem, but they have good player here in Bridge and he can play in this position in the national team. [LNB]'He never told me that he doesn't want to play with Terry. What is important is the national team, but I won't speak to him about it."[LNB]

Source: Telegraph