Carlton Cole has welcomed the return to full fitness of West Ham United midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger.

Cole netted twice on Monday against Burnley and feels the return of Germany midfielder Hitzlsperger can make a big difference in the last 11 games of the campaign.

"It is fantastic to have Thomas back. He's a great player, he shows what he can do in training and he's going to be a massive asset," he said.

"We always rely on Mark Noble, Robert Kovac and Scott Parker, but now they've got support as well from a talented player."

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