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Cole out of Moldova game

September 3, 2012
By ESPN staff

Ashley Cole has withdrawn from the England squad to face Moldova in their World Cup qualifier, but may still feature against Ukraine.

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Cole, 31, has an ankle injury, and will return to Chelsea for treatment, before being assessed by the England medical staff to see if he is fit enough for the second qualifier against Ukraine on 11 September.

If selected, Cole would win his 99th cap against Ukraine.

No replacement has been called up, with Leighton Baines and Cole's club-mate Ryan Bertrand in the squad.