Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fears England midfielder Joe Cole is out for the season.
Cole, who has a stress fracture of the foot, has been advised to undergo surgery by the club doctor but Cole has yet to make his mind up.
However, after Chelsea's disappointing 2-2 draw with Fulham at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said: 'Joe Cole, I think is an injury forever or at least for the season.
'He has a stress fracture and has to make a decision about surgery or no surgery. I don't know his decision but time flies.
'He has an opinion from our doctor, which is surgery, but we are waiting for the player to make his decision.'