Joe Cole to be absent for a fortnight


England international Joe Cole will be sidelined for two weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury during Liverpool's 1-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.

The former West Ham United and Chelsea midfielder, who has endured a disappointing first three months at Anfield following his summer switch from Chelsea, had to be substituted in the second half of the weekend success.

Liverpool's head of sports medicine and sports science, Dr Peter Brukner told the Reds' official website: "The scan confirmed Joe has sustained a hamstring strain. It is not a serious injury but still means he is likely to be out for two weeks."

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is pleased to hear that Cole has been unhappy with his form so far this season, saying:"It's a good sign he said that because it takes a certain type of player to be able to face up and be so honest.

"It's better coming from him than it is coming from me. When people look at him or, say, Fernando (Torres) to criticise, I as a manager feel it comes upon me in my responsibilities to stand in the way.

"I've got to protect because I know how hard both of them work and I know how badly they want to play well for Liverpool.

"Football is not a science. It is a sport. Sometimes you are in better form than others. If you are a good player, like Joe and like Fernando, you play better more often."

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