Hodgson optimistic over Cole injury
Cole appeared to have been ruled out for a fortnight following scans on the hamstring injury that forced him off during the second half of Sunday's win at Bolton. But Hodgson insists the 28-year-old's injury is not serious and has not discounted him for the Premier League clash with the champions at Anfield.
Hodgson told the club's website: "With Cole it's not as bad as feared. It shouldn't keep him out for that long. I would say it's a week to ten-day injury. The scan was positive in that it's a very minor tear he has, but you can't really put a definite date on how long that tear is going to take to repair. But the physical people are very optimistic.
"It's a question of how quickly he can recover and what progress he can make. At the moment he's not even ruled out for the Chelsea game but we'll see how he goes later in the week."
English international Cole is trying to establish himself at Liverpool after leaving
Hodgson said: "Kyrgiakos is feeling his groin slightly. As a matter of caution we took him out of today's training session half way through to give him a bit of a rest."
"For the weekend he's a possibility if all goes well with the training sessions on Friday and Saturday," Hodgson said. The news is not so positive for Daniel Agger, who looks set to remain on the sidelines for some time. The Dane has been out since 25
Hodgson said: "It's a question of time and there's not so much more the physios and medical staff can do. We have to be patient."