The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By David Marsh

COVEN­TRY man­ager Tony Mow­bray hopes to play his part in help­ing Joe Cole get back into top phys­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter the mid­fielder ex­tended his loan deal at the Ri­coh Arena this week.

The for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional signed a 35-day loan deal with Coven­try from As­ton Villa last month, but has now ex­tended his stay un­til Jan­uary.

Cole, 34, made his de­but dur­ing a 2-2 draw with Rochdale in Oc­to­ber, and opened his goalscor­ing ac­count with a sump­tu­ous free-kick in a 4-3 home vic­tory against Barns­ley.

“He’s had a chat with Villa, [tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor] Mark Venus has had a chat with Villa and the best op­tion at the mo­ment is to take it to Jan­uary, try to get him to a phys­i­cal con­di­tion where he can play matches for us and stop chas­ing games,” said Mow­bray.

“He un­der­stands that he can’t just come and play and then break down be­cause it doesn’t work for us fi­nan­cially at all, and it doesn’t work for Joe be­cause he doesn’t want to sit around and not play.”


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