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Chelsea get Terry boost but Cole injury setback

CHELSEA and England midfielder Joe Cole will miss the club&rsquo;s pre-season trip to America after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.<br /><br />Cole had hoped to return to first-team action next month, shortly after the start of the new Premier League season, but now looks likely to be out until September.<br /><br />The 27-year-old underwent another operation on his knee on Wednesday after suffering a torn meniscus on his return to training following a cruciate ligament injury.<br /><br />Chelsea called the procedure &ldquo;a minor operation&rdquo; and said the player would return to training in &ldquo;approximately one month&rdquo;.<br /><br />However his absence from pre-season preparations mean he is still likely to need additional weeks to gain match fitness.<br /><br />Captain John Terry, a &pound;35m transfer target for Manchester City, handed Chelsea a boost by taking his place among the 26-man squad that left for America yesterday.<br /><br />There were doubts over whether Terry would join the tour while uncertainty remains over his future. City are reportedly ready to offer the England skipper &pound;250,000 per week.<br /><br />New signings Daniel Sturridge and Ross Turnbull were also among the party, while &pound;18m summer arrival Yuri Zhirkov will join the tour later.