Cole scare for Blues

Full-back cut down by team-mate

Ashley Cole has suffered a knock to his right ankle during training ahead of the UEFA Champions League final.

The Chelsea full-back was cut down by a reckless challenge from team-mate Claude Makelele as the Blues squad trained on the Luzhniki Stadium pitch.

The England international underwent immediate treatment on the sidelines, with considerable strapping being applied to the wounded area.

Cole looked far from amused as he was forced to watch the rest of the squad put through their paces ahead of Wednesday night's clash with Manchester United.

The former Arsenal man is hoping to appear in his second final after taking part in the Gunners' 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in 2006.

Cole did return to training, but he failed to move freely and was eventually forced to make a premature exit.

The defender, who has impressively dealt with United winger Cristiano Ronaldo in the past, is now a concern for manager Avram Grant - a game which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 and HD 1.

In a statement on their official website Chelsea said: "In a challenge with Claude Makelele in front of hundreds of cameras and the world football press, Ashley Cole hurt his right ankle.

"He was treated, it was tested, then strapped - but after consultation between

Grant, club doctor Bryan English and physios Dave Hancock and Thierry Laurent - Cole resumed and took full part in the final training game - only disappearing down the tunnel after the players had listened to Avram's address and been stood-down for a final kickaround."