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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.

Colehas been diagnosed with a depressed fracture of the tibia afteraggravating the problem prior to yesterday's 1-0 home victory overManchester United.

The defender missed three games afterinitially sustaining the injury in the Blues' 4-0 home win againstAtletico Madrid in the Champions League last month.

Hereturned against Madrid in the return Group D game last week butrequired 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."

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nothing official yet but...

Chelsea have been given a boost after their mini injury crisis, withthe news that Ashley Cole has come through a rigorous training sessionyesterday, and his exceptionally quick recovery from a fractured tibiameans he will be fit to face Arsenal at the Emirates the weekend afternext, and may even play a part against Wolves on Saturday.

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its Zhirkovs time to shine - he must have been so frustrated sitting on the sidelines unable to play for his new club. I'm not sure how long it will take to reach match fitness but hopefully he can use the Russia games to get up to speed.

AND NOT PICK UP ANOTHER INJURY ...yes it was in caps ...remember arjen robben

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