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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 December 2005, 02:12 GMT
Injury frustrates Arsenal's Cole
Ashley Cole
Cole has not played since early October
Arsenal's England defender Ashley Cole has revealed he has no idea when he will return from the broken foot that has kept him out since early October.

Initially the 25-year-old was told the cracked metatarsal bone in his right foot would keep him out for four weeks but the injury has not yet healed.

"We are assessing the injury every two weeks but at the moment there is no comeback date," said Cole.

"I haven't suffered a setback, it's just taking time to heal."

Cole, who signed a new contract last summer, will not play again this year and revealed that he played with the injury for six weeks before realising how serious it was.

"I thought it was just a knock so I was putting ice on it every day," he said.

"It's annoying. I haven't missed too many games through injury before but I think I'll end up missing quite a few now.

"I'm working in the gym doing weights and on the bike but until I can take the protective boot off, I can't even jog or anything like that."

To make matters worse for the Gunners, Cole's stand-in Gael Clichy suffered the same injury.

"When I suffered my injury the surgeon who carried out the operation said he hadn't seen anything like it in 25 years," he said.

"Then Gael suffered exactly the same injury, same foot, everything."

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