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Injury latest

Filed: Wednesday, 2nd December 2009
By: Staff Writer

Carlton Cole is likely to be out of action until early February, it has been confirmed.

A scan on the knee injury sustained during Saturday's 5-3 win over Burnley revealed that the England striker had suffered ligament damage - an injury that is likely to keep him sidelined for around six to eight weeks.

* Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami has undergone surgery this week and is expected to be out of action until Christmas as a result. There is better news regarding Matthew Upson however, with the club captain expected to return in time for the trip to former club Birmingham on December 12th, if not sooner.

* Also on the road to recovery are Kieron Dyer and Alessandro Diamanti, both of whom are back training with the first team. Dyer, who featured for the reserves at Birmingham earlier this week could feature against Manchester United at the Boleyn this weekend although Diamanti may have to wait a week later until the trip to St Andrews.

* Mark Noble, who was benched for last weekend's win over Burnley is also back in contention. The young midfielder was sidelined with a calf injury before contracting a virus. The 22-year-old former England under-21 could replace Radoslav Kovac for this weekend's visit of the reigning league champions.

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