Chelsea have received a setback with the news that Ashley Cole has sustained a depressed fracture of the tibia.
The full-back was ruled out of the England squad for next weekend’s friendly with Brazil because of the injury.
Cole missed three games after initially sustaining the injury in the Blues’ 4-0 home win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last month.
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.”