Carlton Cole has revealed a niggling knee problem is preventing him from training at West Ham even though he is still playing.
The striker is suffering from a medial knee ligament injury, which he insists is not related to the persistent knee problem which has troubled him in the past.
Cole featured for the Hammers at Hull City on Saturday and against Bristol City in midweek despite having trained just once since picking up the knock at Crystal Palace on 1st October.
And the 28-year-old England hitman admits he needs to get back on the training ground.
He told the Daily Star: "Everyone knows I've had knee troubles but it hasn't been the same problem.
"I twinged my medial knee ligament against Crystal Palace and it's been niggling ever since.
"But I don't need rest - I need to train.
"I think I've only had one training session for the past month-and-a-half."