Ancelotti: Cole has part to play at Chelsea

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti insists long term injury victim Joe Cole has an important role to play at Stamford Bridge.

A knee problem picked up during an FA Cup clash with Southend in January forced the 27 year old to undergo surgery, and he is yet to regain full fitness.

"I like football so know everything about Joe Cole," he said.

"I know all about the top players. He's perfect to play behind the strikers and has the maturity.

"He's very good at playing in a small space and is a good dribbler. I will wait until he's recovered from injury and then try him."