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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 February 2007, 13:59 GMT
Cole sets sights on early return
Chelsea's England midfielder Joe Cole
Cole is also eyeing an England comeback
Joe Cole is still hoping to play a part in Chelsea's trophy hunt this season, after fears he would sit out the rest of the campaign.

England World Cup midfielder Cole, 25, has been sidelined since November following surgery on a stress fracture of the foot.

Cole told Icons.com: "If my recovery goes to plan I'll play this season.

"If Chelsea go all the way in most competitions I expect to play a significant part."

Cole is also eyeing a return to international action in June when England travel to Estonia.

The Chelsea midfielder added: "Since I took off my protective boot last week, everything is going according to plan.

"I'm walking freely and I feel good. The physiotherapists have got me walking and jogging in a swimming pool at the moment, but I hope to start doing that outside within the next few weeks.

"I can't afford to rush things, recovering from this injury is notorious, but I intend to follow my plan to the letter.

"The England matches at the end of the season are also a possibility if all goes well.

"I'd love to be involved in a game at Wembley and in the Estonia match in June. I'm looking forward to being back in time for those games."

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