Joe Cole Injury latest problem with Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s injury problems appear to be mounting after midfielder Joe Cole became the latest addition.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool man is expected to be out for around two weeks with a hamstring problem, which comes as a major headache for manager Paul Lambert. The December fixture list is the most hectic in the English schedule. Villa have matches against the likes of Manchester United and Sunderland coming up. It was only in the last few weeks that they showed renewed confidence. After suffering six consecutive losses, Villa are now unbeaten in the last five.

Arteta slams teammates

Mikel Arteta has slammed his teammates for losing possession so many times in the European Cup outing against Borussia Dortmund the previous week.
The Gunners went down by 2-0 in that away match and were pushed to the last position in their group.
It’s still possible for them though to move forward to the pre quarter final round as the other two teams in their group i.e. Galatasaray and Anderlecht should not pose too many problems for them.
But, according to Arteta, his team is not going to lift the title playing this way.

Villa Brings Cole To Table

Aston Villa recently brought in Joe Cole on a free transfer from West Ham United. The former England international has the capability to become a crucial player for Villa for the next few years. Still just 32 years old, the former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder has a long time left in football. Paul Lambert managed to persuade Villa to offer Cole a two-year contract. He has played with little football in recent seasons due to injuries, but Cole appears to have put behind those problems.

Cole Expects West Ham Leave

Former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has stated that he expects to leave West Ham at the end of the season. The 32-year-old is out of contract in a few months’ time and there has been no progress in that sense to keep him at the club. Cole returned to West Ham in January 2013 on an 18 month contract. However, he has rarely featured for the first-team partly because he does not fall into the plans of manager Sam Allardyce. As one of the creative members of the team, Cole has been snubbed for more physical players who can play the long ball type of football.

SUBS UP

Joe Cole might make a substitute appearance in West Ham United’s next match against Norwich City which is going to be played on Tuesday. The veteran winger had been out due to groin injury.

Cole’s comeback would have surely made the Hammers management happy. He is one of the tried and tested guys in the squad and is very reliable. He provides stability to the West Ham line up.

Apart from him, there is one more guy whom Sam Allardyce has included into his squad for that Norwich game. It’s Mohamed Diame who had been struggling with his knee injury.

TIME TO GO

The head coach of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers believes that it was the right move for Joe Cole to make as he made a switch to West Ham last season.
"It was difficult for Joe here because he was littered with injuries,” Rodgers said.
“The way things went for him in his first game getting sent off – was a signal of how things were going to go for him here. He’s a good player but at this stage of his career he wanted to go and play regularly. West Ham was maybe his best opportunity to do that.”

Joe Cole thinks England can win World Cup

West Ham United player and former England midfielder Joe Cole believes that his country are genuine contenders to win the title next summer and he believes the Three Lions can definitely win the tournament.

According to the former Liverpool player, England has a team that really excites him and this team can lead the country to glory after almost sixty years since their first and so far, only triumph. The 31 year old has 56 caps to his name and has also admitted that he still hasn’t given up hope of breaking into Roy Hodgson’s side for next summer’s tournament.

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HODGSON BACKS COLE

The manager of the England national football team, Roy Hodgson, has said that it’s Ashley Cole who will wear the captain’s armband in the friendly match against Republic of Ireland which is going to be played at Wembley on Wednesday.

Earlier, it was announced that Frank Lampard will captain the English team in this match, but, later on, Hodgson made it clear that Lampard will only attend the press conferences and the captain’s job on the ground will be done by Cole.

COLE BACKS LAMPARD

The former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole is of the opinion that the England midfielder Frank Lampard should be offered a new contract to Chelsea. Cole was unceremoniously sent off from Chelsea after the club decided not to offer him a new deal.

They are adopting a similar stance with Lampard, although the former West Ham man is 34 years of age. Despite his age, Lampard continues to have a growing influence on the team. Even though he is currently playing as the defensive midfielder, he has still been able to get into double figures when it comes to scoring goals.

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