Ace Cole targets January return

The England frontman tore his posterior cruciate ligament in the

5-3 win over Burnley last month and was withdrawn at half-time as a

result. The Hammers were boosted by the news that the 26-year-old

would not require surgery but some reports stated he could be out

of action until March. However Cole is focusing on a return date

next month and is busy strengthening his knee in the gym. “I have

done my PCL,” he told Goals on Sunday. “It’s a ligament behind your

knee and they say you don’t really need it if your muscles are

strong. It protects it, but I have done a little damage to it, it’s

not torn fully. “I have to build up the muscles and do some

rigorous rehab work to protect the knee and it is going to be like

that for the rest of my career. “Hopefully I will be back some time

in January. I just need to get back fit and help the Hammers. “It

was welcoming news when I got told by the specialist ad hopefully I

can focus on getting back fit and scoring goals.” Cole admits that

although he has dreams of representing England at the World Cup

next summer he is just concentrating on helping West Ham get out of

trouble. “I just want to focus on purely West Ham,” he added. “It

is not ideal being injured, but if you want to get injured in a

World Cup year early on is (better).”