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Injury rules Joe Cole out of Chelsea's US tour and Wembley date with United
Published : 16 Jul 2009 13:24:18
Joe Cole will miss Chelsea's tour of the United States with a knee injury and is set to miss the start of the season. The England midfielder, who hasn't played since injuring his knee in January, had minor surgery to repair a small tear in his meniscus on Wednesday and will not return to training for a month. The setback means he is almost certainly set to miss the Community Shield against Manchester United at Wembley on August 9 and would be a major doubt for the Barclays Premier League opener against Hull City six days later. The Chelsea squad flew out on Thursday with their four-match tour starting at the Seatle Sounders on Saturday. The Blues then face Inter Milan in Pasadena on Tuesday, AC Milan in Baltimore on Friday week, followed by a tie with Mexican side America in Arlington, Texas two days later. Yuri Zhirkov, the £18million signing from CSKA Moscow, was also not on the flight. The left winger returned to the Russian capital earlier this week to secure a permit to work in England and a U.S. visa and will fly directly from Moscow to join up with the Blues in America. Manchester City target John Terry travels as expected with Chelsea.