CARLTON COLE has suffered an injury setback after making a surprise return to training with Celtic at Lennoxtown.
The up-for-grabs striker, who will be 32 in 12 days’ time, was back to go through his paces while the Hoops look to do a deal.
But Cole, who was released by West Ham in the summer, had to cut yesterday’s session short after limping off in the latter stages. He was given treatment at the club’s HQ.
Despite the blow, his return to Glasgow is seen as a positive sign for Ronny Deila.
The Parkhead boss is hopeful a contract can be agreed with the former England star as he looks to boost his attacking options and add strength to the three-man frontline of Leigh Griffiths, Nadir Ciftci and Anthony Stokes.
Cole, who has seven caps, impressed last week before returning to London to mull over his future. The free agent is understood to have attracted interest from the Middle East.
However, with no deal on the table from abroad, Cole looks to have targeted a place at the SPFL champions.
Meanwhile, Deila could be set for some good news from Stuart Armstrong ahead of the Europa League crunch with Fenerbahce tomorrow.
The midfielder, missing since the Champions League defeat in Malmo with a back problem, took part in yesterday’s session with the first team and will be assessed by medical staff.