Chelsea boss Ancelotti reveals Cole ankles not ready for Moscow turf
Cole’s ankles have taken a battering in the four years since his move from Arsenal and the 29-year-old left back must manage his fitness and often does not train for two days after a game.
"He needs more days to recover," said Ancelotti.
"For a year, he has had a little problem with his ankle. After the game you maybe have to give him two days of recovery instead of one.
"I played for 10 years with a problem with my knee. To play a lot of games in a season is a lot of stress for your body.
"He doesn’t have a problem today but this pitch is different. It is the same for Essien.
"After training, we will take a decision. If he is comfortable on this pitch, he’ll play. If he is not comfortable, he will not."