Chelsea's Cole overlooked after press reports

Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole wasn't considered for yesterday's FA Cup victory at Wigan due to allegations about his private life, it has been revealed.

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The Mail on Sunday says Cole was not on the team bus that turned up for the cup tie at the JJB Stadium, despite have been used as a substitute in Chelsea's previous game at Everton in the Carling Cup on Wednesday. There have been no reports the 27-year-old has been injured.

Cole's marriage to Girls Aloud singer Cheryl was put under the spotlight this week with allegations that he had a one-night stand with a hairdresser from south London. Further stories about his private life could yet follow.

A Chelsea spokesman said last night: "Ashley Cole was unavailable."

Asked if the player was injured, he repeated: "He was unavailable."

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