Date: 21st February 2008 at 10:04am
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News broke this week that Andrew Cole,our hat-trick hero against QPR in our last League match,has picked up an Achilles injury.

Worrying for the Clarets fans was the news also that Andrew Cole appears prone to this type of injury having suffered previously at some of his former clubs. He has had specialist treatment for Achilles tendon problems and in 2000 had an operation on his tendon whilst still at Manchester United. He was also out of action with this injury during spells at Fulham and Portsmouth.

The hope of course is that in this case he will quickly recover and that this apparant chronic condition is not as serious as possibly indicated.

Gaffer Owen Coyle was quick to explain that the injury was not serious but that the in- form striker would probably miss Saturday’s clash at Plymouth.

The good news though is that Cole, according to the gaffer will definitely take part in the Clarets game at home to Watford on Saturday 1st March if not before in the midweek match against Coventry on Tuesday 26th February.

Our 36-year-old loan from Sunderland was not selected for the squad in last Friday’s friendly against the Eircom League side Bohemians. He turns out he ‘missed the boat’ to Ireland because was receiving treatment to his Achilles tendon.

‘It’s a little problem Andrew’s had from when he came from Sunderland,’ explained Coyle.

‘I’ve spoke to Andrew about it and we said that when we had a little break in the calendar, we would use it as an ideal opportunity to look at the problem and get it sorted.

‘Andy went to see a specialist that he’s worked with for a number of years.

‘Suffice to say, he’s had it looked at, but he is a doubt for Saturday’s game at Plymouth.

‘But if he does miss that game, it will be the only one he misses.’

So that sounds promising at least and it doesnt even appear certain that Cole will definitely miss the Plymouth game. It does sound unlikely though unless Coyle is playing the psychology game with the Plymouth management team.