Roy plays doctor on Cole injury

Joe Cole faces two weeks out of action after sustaining a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 1-0 victory at Bolton, Liverpool confirmed today.

Dr Peter Brukner, Head of Sports Medicine and Science at the club, declared after assessing the 28-year-old, “The scan confimed Joe has sustained a hamstring strain. It is not a serious injury but still means he is likely to be out for two weeks.”

However, it appears either Brukner didn’t tell manager Roy Hodgson, or that Roy has a medical degree tucked up his sleeve somewhere as he’s given his own assessment of Cole’s injury.

The Reds boss says he believes Cole’s injury isn’t as bad as first thought, “It shouldn’t keep him out for that long. I would say it’s a week to 10-day injury.”

Hodgson even remains hopeful Cole will be fit to face his former club Chelsea in the Premier League at Anfield this Sunday. “At the moment he’s not even ruled out for the Chelsea game but we’ll see how he goes later in the week.”

He added, “It’s a question of how quickly he can recover and what progress he can make.”