Chelsea quiet on claim Ashley Cole 'shot' work placement student

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Chelsea have declined to comment on reports that Ashley Cole accidentally shot a work placement student at the club's training ground.

The News of the World claims Cole did not know the .22 air rifle was loaded when he fired at 21-year-old Tom Cowan.

It was reported that the sports sciences student, who is on a one-year work placement at Chelsea, was hit in the side by a lead pellet at the training ground in Cobham.

Chelsea's medical staff reportedly treated the bleeding wound and Cowan did not require hospital treatment.

"We never comment on internal matters," Chelsea said in response to the report.

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