Premier League - Hamstring injury for Joe Cole

Sun, 31 Oct 20:41:00 2010

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole could miss next Sunday's clash against former club Chelsea with a hamstring injury.

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The 28-year-old, who moved to Anfield on a free transfer in the summer, limped out of Sunday's 1-0 Premier League win at Bolton just after the hour.

The club do not feel the problem is serious but his ability to train this week is likely to be affected.

Manager Roy Hodgson said: "He has a slight hamstring injury and we don't know the extent of it until after he has a scan."

The experience is a new one to Cole having never suffered such a muscle injury in his career. Having already served a three-match ban this season, it is also another setback as he attempts to establish himself at Anfield.

The Reds could be boosted for the visit of the champions and league leaders by the return of Dirk Kuyt. The Dutchman has made a rapid recovery from an ankle injury sustained on international duty earlier this month.

PA Sport

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