Chelsea hit by Cole injury

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Chelsea have been rocked by an injury to England left-back Ashley Cole which threatens to keep him out of action for weeks.

Cole has been diagnosed with a depressed fracture of the tibia after aggravating the problem prior to yesterday's 1-0 home victory over Manchester United.

The defender missed three games after initially sustaining the injury in the Blues' 4-0 home win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last month.

He returned against Madrid in the return Group D game last week but required a painkilling injection in order to play against United.

A spokesman for Chelsea confirmed: "Ashley Cole has not been selected in the England squad for their friendly against Brazil.

"He has a depressed fracture of the tibia, an injury first picked up in the Atletico Madrid home match last month.

"He aggravated the injury before the match against Manchester United and required an injection to play.

"However, he further injured it during the game and has therefore been ruled out of this week's England squad."

Cole's injury was a "depressed fracture of the tibia", his club have confirmed.

Warnock is ready to seize his chance and believes his move to Villa from Blackburn has been vindicated by his call-up.

"It's been justified," he told Sky Sports News. "He (Capello) is at quite a lot of our games, the Chelsea game and Manchester City game recently, so he's a frequent watcher of the team and there is a bulk of players in and around the squad."