Hodgson hopeful over Cole recovery

02 November 2010 06:31

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson believes Joe Cole still has an outside chance of facing his former club Chelsea this weekend.

Cole appeared to have been ruled out for a fortnight following scans on the hamstring injury that forced him off during the second half of Sunday's win at Bolton. But Hodgson insists the 28-year-old's injury is not serious and has not discounted him for the Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with the champions at Anfield.

"With Cole it's not as bad as feared. It shouldn't keep him out for that long," Hodgson told the club's website, www.liverpoolfc.tv.

"I would say it's a week to 10-day injury. The scan was positive in that it's a very minor tear he has, but you can't really put a definite date on how long that tear is going to take to repair. But the physical people are very optimistic.

"It's a question of how quickly he can recover and what progress he can make.

"At the moment he's not even ruled out for the Chelsea game but we'll see how he goes later in the week."

Source: PA