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"Joe is raring to go and it's refreshing to see how excited he is about playing." Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

19 October 2015

The Sky Blues boss revealed that Cole will be involved in some capacity against Rochdale tomorrow night...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray revealed that Joe Cole will be involved in some capacity against Rochdale tomorrow night.

Cole was confirmed as a City player today after initially agreeing to a loan move from Aston Villa on Friday.

He took part in his first training session with his new team-mates today and Mowbray has said that Cole will be involved at Spotland, but whether he will start or not is another issue. 

"He'll be involved tomorrow night," Mowbray said.

"Joe is raring to go and it's refreshing to see how excited he is about playing. 

"Good players can play anywhere, he's a football man so he'll understand this league.   

"We're missing John Fleck and he's not a natural replacement for him, he plays slightly higher up the pitch. It may not be aesthetically pleasing but he understands football and that some teams in this league will play a direct style.

"Whether he's up for 90 minutes I don't know, but I'd say he is fit to start then from what I've seen so far. But whether we take that option or not is another issue."

Mowbray is hoping that Cole's experience can help the young players at the club.

The 33-year old has won 56 caps for England as well as winning Premier League titles with Chelsea and playing in a Champions League final.

Mowbray is happy to have that experience in the dressing room and is pleased to have him on board.

He continued: "Joe will probably tell you better than I do, but he wants to play football. He's 33 not 43 and he's still got part of his illustrious career to go.

"I know his advisors came to a lot of our games and I sat with them and Joe last week, he is really excited to play.

"I hope it's a boost for the young players, they have huge potential and will benefit from having Joe Cole around the building. People like Jacob Murphy, Ryan Kent, Adam Armstrong, James Maddison, they can all learn from Joe and his experience will be a good thing to have around the training ground.

"He's been there and done it and he can be a real presence in the dredding room.

"Villa have shown him a huge amount of respect by allowing him to play football and everyone is happy that he came here."


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