Cole verdict boosts Hammers

West Ham United have been boosted by the news that star striker Carlton Cole does not require surgery on a knee injury sustained in the 5-3 win over Burnley last weekend.

The 26-year-old England international scored a first-half penalty against the Clarets, but was forced out of the game at the interval, amid fears that he was facing a lengthy lay-off.

However, a statement on the club's official website read:"Carlton Cole is sidelined for Saturday's game at the Boleyn Ground with the knee ligament injury he picked up in the 5-3 win against Burnley last weekend.

"He will not need surgery on his right knee though and, having being closely assessed in recent days, will start his rehab with the aim of being back as soon as possible."

Cole has scored seven times for the Irons this season, including three in his last five games.

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