Chelsea have been rocked by an injury to England international Ashley Cole which might keep him out for a few weeks.
Cole has been diagnosed with a depressed fracture of the tibia after aggravating the problem prior to Sunday’s 1-0 win against Man United at Stamford Bridge.
Cole has already missed three games after initially sustaining the injury in the Blues’ 4-0 home win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League in October.
He returned against Madrid in the return Group D game last Tuesday but required a painkilling injection before the United game to make the starting eleven.
A spokesman for Chelsea confirmed: “Ashley Cole has not been selected in the England squad for their friendly against Brazil.
“He has a depressed fracture of the tibia, an injury first picked up in the Atletico Madrid home match last month.
“He aggravated the injury before the match against Manchester United and required an injection to play.
“However, he further injured it during the game and has therefore been ruled out of this week’s England squad.”