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Joe Cole ruled out for two weeks

Joe Cole will be out of action for two weeks following the hamstring injury he sustained in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Bolton on Sunday.

Joe Cole says Liverpool must dig deep

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole believes the players have to find a way to grind out a victory after admitting his lack of form and the club's struggles are unfamiliar territory for him.

Hodgson impressed by Cole performance

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was pleased to see Joe Cole showed no signs of rustiness as a result of his domestic suspension as he scored and played an important role in the 4-1 Europa League victory over Steaua Bucharest.

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England footballer Joe Cole avoided an immediate ban for speeding at 105mph after a court heard today that his wife was "severely traumatised" after being dragged from her car by "eight thugs on motorbikes".

Cole sorry for Liverpool penalty miss

Liverpool still have work to do to reach the Europa League group stages after Joe Cole squandered a chance to make their passage easier last night.

How Joe Cole ran out of luck on Ace of Spades road

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England footballer Joe Cole was facing a driving ban today after he was found guilty of speeding at more than 100mph.

Cole will not appeal three-game ban for debut dismissal

Liverpool have decided not to contest Joe Cole's sending-off during their tumultuous encounter with Arsenal on Sunday. The former Chelsea midfielder, who was making his Premier League debut for the club following his free signing earlier this summer, clattered into Laurent Koscielny and received a straight red card from referee Martin Atkinson.

Hodgson defends Cole and Reina

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson refused to blame Joe Cole or Jose Reina after Arsenal snatched a last-gasp draw in their season-opener at Anfield.

Cole 'devastated' over red card

Hodgson insists midfielder dismissed on league debut is 'not kind' to hurt opponents

Under pressure? Not Roy of the leftovers

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