Cole Return Sooner Rather than Later
Sky are reporting that West Ham fans have been handed some "New Year cheer" with the news that Carlton Cole is making good progress from his knee injury.
Sky's assessment of Cole's recovery seems to be based on this quote from Zola,
"I don't want to force things. I think [his return] will be sooner rather than later."
I had thought that Cole was slated to return to action this week, so far from good 'cheer', this actually sounds to me like Cole won't be returning this week. PhysioRoom however still have him down for an 'expected recovery' on January 10th. Perhaps Cole will be ready to play some part in the Villa game on the 17th.