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Chelsea's Joe Cole: Injury never got me down

Joe Cole is ready to make his Chelsea comeback in tonight's Carling Cup tie with QPR.

Cole, 27, did not kick a ball for previous Blues manager Guus Hiddink yet refused to become disheartened - despite undergoing a second operation this summer after a setback on the road to recovery.

He said: "I've really missed my football and it has been hard to watch the team.

"But I'm 27 now and have been through everything in my career, so mentally I was able to stay strong and deal with it by keeping busy.

"Two years ago I missed the whole season with two different injuries but this has been the longest absence of my career in one whack.

"But it never drove me mad as I realised just how lucky I am to be a footballer, even an injured one. I came in to training every day and tried to keep a smile on my face."

Cole insists he is coming back stronger than ever as the Blues welcome QPR this evening, after rushing back too soon in a bid to impress former boss Phil Scolari.

He admitted: "I didn't play a single game last season when I was completely fit.

"I came back too quickly from an ankle injury through my desire to impress the new manager. This time I have taken it steady, had my MOT and now I'm back there."

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